The title of the exhibition, Gulahallan ja birgen, refers to sustainability, a subject the group has returned to repeatedly throughout their process. Gulahallan is often translated as “communication”, and in this exhibition, it relates to the interpersonal dimension, but also to our dialogue with nature and physical materiality. Birgen, which can broadly be defined as “making do”, connects to the group’s explorations of both perspectives, on the use of material, along with their stewardship of the knowledge preserved in the AIDA archives. In one of the group’s many collective explorations of sustainable approaches to nature, they dug up and used roots as materials for crafts. This concretised their relationships to the land, but also made them metaphorical, as they gained new understanding of their own traditions and histories.
Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš Foundation (SDG) was established in 1986, and is the leading international centre for contemporary Sámi artists.
Berit Kristine Andersen Guvsám, who has a master’s degree from Sámi allaskuvla, works in Kautokeino today. In her duodji work, she uses materials like textiles and hides.
Gunvor Guttorm is a professor of doudji at the Sámi allaskuvla/Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino. She does practical duodji work alongside writing about the practice of duodji and its role in Sami society.
Laila Susanna Kuhmunen takes a variety of approaches to duodji. Her explorative and experimental work happens at House of Duodji, which is based in Jokkmokk.