“I’m building an autonomous, political community around the Sámi Architecture Library, which strengthens Sámi culture and reclaims our right to define our own spaces or spatial production. But I really hope that it’s also understood as an offering to the rest of the world. I want to share the positive, strong cultural knowledge that I feel so confident of in Sámi culture. There is a tendency to protect Sámi culture from appropriation, and of course I understand why. There is a long history of our ideas and objects being taken and stolen. I understand and share the skepticism, but at the same time, I really think it’s important to maintain a generosity. There’s no way around it; no culture would exist if people stopped sharing what they own.”
–Joar Nango and Axel Wieder, "A Pact with One’s Own", Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and e-flux Architecture, "Survivance".
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Survivance is a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and e-flux Architecture.
Joar Nango is a Sámi architect who lives and work in Romssa. He works with site-specific installations and self-made publications that explore the boundary between architecture, design, and visual art as an investigation of Indigenous space. He is a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, and is is currently involved in setting up a network of Sami architects across Sápmi.
Axel Wieder is a curator, writer, and currently director of Bergen Kunsthall.
Read here: e-flux.com/architecture/survivance/395585/a-pact-with-one-s-own/
Axel Wieder You have recently participated in a series of online discussions on indigenous or more specifically Sámi art and architectural practice, made a new episode of a TV show on Post-Capitalist Architecture, and created an architectural intervention in public space for the Tromsø Internation...