Arctic Highways: Unbounded Indigenous People

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

General Admission for 2 people — This booking provides the registrant with two general admission tickets to see the special exhibitions, explore the Turnblad Mansion, and play in the family gallery.

Event Details:

Arctic Highways: Unbounded Indigenous People

This February, the American Swedish Institute will host a special traveling exhibition featuring the artwork and duodji handcrafts of 12 Indigenous artists from Sápmi and North America. Arctic Highways shared stories of Indigenous People who live on different continents yet regard themselves as kindred spirits. Each artist tells their own stories, through their own forms of expression, inviting opportunities to explore what it means to be unbounded - not just for Indigenous People, but for all of us. 

Curated by Indigenous artists Tomas Colbengtson, Gunvor Guttorm, Dan Jåma and Britta Marakatt-Labba, Arctic Highways will include their own works alongside those of artists Matti Aikio, Marja Helander, Laila Susanna Kuhmunen, Olof Marsja, Máret Ánne Sara, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Maureen Gruben, and Meryl McMaster.

?We are indigenous peoples who live in different countries and on different continents, and yet regard ourselves as peoples with kindred spirits. The borders of nation states, arbitrarily drawn without regard to the landscapes of our ancestors, have been used to group the Sámi people, and to set us up to fight against our brothers and sisters living on the other side, fencing in, and silencing our voices and our knowledge.

With this exhibition we want to tell our own story, through our own experiences, using our own forms of expression. We want to provide opportunities to think broadly about what it means to be unbounded, pointing to the limits that borders set, not just for indigenous people, but for all of us.? ?collective artist statement

Photography, duodji handcraft, sculpture, textile, and moving image works will be on view in ASI?s galleries for Arctic Highways, offering visitors an opportunity to explore what?s happening in the world of Arctic art and Sámi handcraft, deepen their knowledge of local and international indigenous artists, identify contemporary movements and issues at play in Sápmi and the Arctic, and reflect on their own perceptions of Indigenous groups as a contemporary society, not something of the past.   

Learn more about this exhibition

Also on view: 

An immersive, large-scale installation of drawing and print by Sámi artist Tomas Colbengtson and Swedish artist Stina Folkebrant, presented in collaboration with All My Relations Arts

The Sami Reindeer People of Alaska
Excerpts from The Sami Cultural Center of North America?s exhibition will be on view in the Turnblad Mansion. 

Nature Story Family Gallery Experience

Photo credit: The Evening Covers Everything by Marja Helander

Exhibition Supporters
Arctic Highways: Unbounded Indigenous People is hosted by the American Swedish Institute with support from ASI?s members and donors. The exhibition?s media partner is the Star Tribune. Minnesota artist activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
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Nearly 90 years ago, a new immigrant to Minnesota had a vision to create a vibrant cultural gathering place. Established in 1929, ASI has evolved into a dynamic arts and cultural center that welcomes all people to gather and share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment, and the arts; informed by enduring links to Sweden. From the gallery spaces, featuring local and international exhibitions, to the lively programming set in the historic Turnblad Mansion, to the shop, and award winning restaurant and café – there are many ways to see yourself at ASI and be part of this story.

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Offer: General Admission for 2 people — This booking provides the registrant with two general admission tickets to see the special exhibitions, explore the Turnblad Mansion, and play in the family gallery.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 10:00 am

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