TROMSÖ. For years The Sámi people have been dreaming of their own art museum. Now they got one – but only for two months (!) presented as a Museum performance. It is the art museum in Tromsø, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, that will lend a helping hand by closing down their permanent exhibits between February 15th and April 16th, while letting their premises be filled with the biggest collection of Sami art in the world. And they have even changed the sign on the front to ”Sámi Dáiddamusea”, (”The Sámi Art Museum”).
– We want to create some debate about a Sami Museum and also push the issue forward in the society, the art museum´s director Jeremie Michael McGowan told Swedish Television´s Sami news programme Oddasat.
Most of the art and craft collections now displayed in Tromsø are normally stored at the RiddoDuottarMuseat in Karasjok, Finnmark. All in all there are 60 Sami artists represented at the exhibition/performance named There is no. Among them are John Savio, Bugöyfjord, Finnmark and Britta Marakatt-Labba, Karesuando (Sweden). Performance artist Marita Isobel Solberg from Manndalen, Troms, is the fictitious director of this temporary museum.