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Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums] (2016–2018)

Work resulting from Research and Development Award and a Project Realisation Award as part of Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance, Protest – a collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation. The project led by Dr. Sarah Tuck explored the affective meanings of drone technologies in photography and human rights activism.

Between August 2017 and April 2019, I visited Jåhkåmåkke on six occasions (August, December 2017; March, July, Sept 2018; March 2019). I have travelled the area extensively documenting the large-scale territorial transformation of the landscape as result of hydropower, timber, mining extractive industries. My work in Sábme, has resulted in a considerable archive of images and films both from and above the ground. The camera bears witness of the real situation.

The film installation Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums] and photo series Giesse [Summer] resulting from my research in Sábme, investigates the use of drone technologies by Sámi communities as decolonial tool to resist mining exploration in northern Sweden. Based on research visits and close collaboration with activists and Sami families living and working in the area threatened by the mines, the project explores the link between drums and drones as navigation and communication tools.

The works produced were first exhibited at the Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg (May-Sept 2018), then at the Ájtte Museum, Jåhkåmåhkke, Sweden (Mar-May 2019). The film installation and the photographic series have been donated to the Ájtte Museum archive and the Hasselblad Foundation, as a way of returning the work back to the communities it originates from. During 2019 it was further shown at the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafer, Germany, on the occasion of the Game of Drones exhibition (Jun-Nov 2019), Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile (Aug 2019-Feb 2020), Arts Catalysts, London, England (Sep-Nov 2019) and Västerbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden (Feb-June 2020). It has been presented in several international conferences and symposia, including at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Annual (NAISA) Conference held at The University of Waikato in New Zealand in June 2019. At this conference, it was presented alongside a new body of work entitled Climate Change and Forest Fires – From a Sámi Perspective, developed in collaboration with Sámi journalist Liz-Marie Nilsen.

Link to Drone Vision

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