March 13, 2019

124b.  Tatjana Bergelt discusses her recent artist book From Finland barefoot in snow, a cassette with two books, edition of 4, Northern Sami / Finnish/ German languages, 2015. Focusing on the existential poetry by Sami activist Nils Aslak Valkeapää, yet deeply differing from Middle European existentialism, this artists' book project respects the very core of Nomad culture of the indigenous people of Europe in its visual form. Sami people have been relatively isolated in the very Northern part of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. They speak 10 different languages but yet still must fight for their rights of land ownership and identity.

From Finland barefoot in snow - second of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019



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