Sami Art Gallery – an announcement on behalf of the Lovozero Sami community

The Sami Art Gallery is looking for a home and sponsors interested in promoting the Saami culture to help it happen!

Painter N.G Lyashenko (Nadia Fenina)

Painter N.G Lyashenko (Nadia Fenina)

Valentina Sovkina – the chairperson of the Sami parliament of the Kola Peninsula would like to announce the creation of art gallery “Sapmi” and is looking for people interested in implementing and supporting the idea.

In the plans: 
– A permanent exhibition of Sami painters and craftsmen
– A migrating exhibition
– Design solutions, installations, and interesting ideas
– Sales, presents, charity

Organizers: The Fund of Sami Inheritance and Development, Kola Sami Radio, and Kuellnegi Neark Sam Sobbar (Sami Parliament of the Kola Peninsula), and Chepes Sam (organization of Sami craftsmen and artists – more >>).

The organizers are ready to meet and discuss your proposals and ideas during the Summer Sami Games in Lovozero on June 13 2015.

Or write to Valentina Sovkina to (and you are welcomed to send a copy to me to for an on-the-fly translation).

The Sami art gallery starts with paintings by Sami artists and artists who like the Sami culture and traditions. These are presented in the gallery Sami Art Gallery on Valentina Sovkina’s Facebook page. Valentina is buying painting by Sami artists in hope that these pieces will soon find a permanent home where they could be seen by all.

Below are several paintings from the future gallery from Valentina’s collection:

"Shaman's Dance" by Nadezhda Lyashenko, the village of Shonguy

“Shaman’s Dance” by Nadezhda Lyashenko, the village of Shonguy

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East and West Conceptions in Presentation of the Kola Sámi Culture. Feb. 7, Tromsø City Library, Room B0014, Grønnegata 94, Tromsø, Norway.

samiReprinted from Anna Afanasyeva’s facebook.

“We invite you to the seminar and discussion on presentation and image of the Kola Sámi people in Russia, which often appears in different published works during the recent 20 years.

Since the fall of the iron wall in 1989 when Russia became an open country, the interest to the Sámi in Russia increased. Many scientists, journalists and photographers have worked to explain and describe the Kola Sámi culture in Russia. However, the community members themselves have had little opportunity to participate in these discussions.

The panel debate on Kola Sámi situation during the seminar will bring together different actors in the field of research, Barents cooperation and the Kola Sámi community representatives in order to discuss the position of the Sámi community in Russia and give voice to those, who have rarely been heard before.”

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