Does History have any importance in the Contemporary, which is celebrating youth, sexuality and commerce?
OUR HISTORY MADE INVISIBLE.
Tha Saami of South on the Scandinavian peninsula, are still being made invisible. Is it still about land rights and who are the most legitimate inhabitants with the longest belonging? Within the Norwegian there is an inherited and subconscious contempt for Saami culture. Once the Saami people (of the mountains), where regarded wealthy and of a different league: They were free to play hide and seek with the Kings tax officers and police. And they were wearing their wealth on their bodies, in silver and fur.
With the inherited contempt, there is a blind spot among the liberals and the left – Celebrating diversity, but leaving out the Saami.
In the aftermath of 1814 Constitution, Saami rights were rewritten as Saami privileges, and thereby legitimate and fair to deprive.
I have heard a high rank Cultural officer sigh “Well, the Saami ARE nature” and another snort scornful when suggesting Yoik as a possible part of an event: “Should we have all kinds of exotica here?” I have heard an old man talk about “your people´s culture” one moment, and the next let you know that his very own grandmother was a Saami.
DALVEDH is an art project which take a closer look at the ideologies leading to todays inherited contempt, and or indifference.