The Land Has a Mind to Speak

Sámi Horizons

Film still from the video work Trambo


The artworks of Sissel M. Bergh, Annika Dahlsten & Markku Laakso, Marja Helander, Erica Huuva, Solveig Labba, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Outi Pieski, Katarina Pirak Sikku and Anniina Turunen, in dialogue with historical objects housed by the MARKK, initiate the overdue change of perspective on the past and present history of the Sámi. To this day, the Sámi are fighting for the recognition of their rights. The consequences of Nordic colonialism, which suppressed Sámi culture, language and traditions, can still be presently felt.

Thus, racism, re-education, human zoos, land grabbing and environmental destruction are the focus of the contemporary art positions in the exhibition. Sápmi, as the Sámi call their homeland, stretches across the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of the Russian Federation.

The exhibition was created in cooperation with Kunsthaus Hamburg.
With the support of the Finland Institute, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Swedish Embassy and the Friends of the Museum am Rothenbaum e. V.













Funded by

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Logo Norwegische Botschaft

Cultural Partner

In Cooperation with

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Das Land spricht. Sámi Horizonte / The Land Has a Mind to Speak. Sámi Horizons

Edited by: Anna-Sophie Laug
Bilingual German/English
Year of publication: 2023
Extent: ca. 120 p.


Sámic female cap
White renfell shoes, Finland
Rake made of reindeer horn for scraping together the embers
Birch bark tobacco box
Basket woven from birch root
Outi Pieski: Beavvit - Rising Together
View of the exhibition The Land Has a Mind to Speak. Sámi Horizons