Sámi Parliament, extension

The textile installation Leagi vuoigna/Spirit of the Valley, which hangs from the ceiling of the Sámi Parliament’s new extension, is the work of the Finnish-Sámi artist Outi Pieski. The building work has also involved the construction of the new Kåre Kivijärvi wing. This new wing houses the Sámi Parliament’s collection of Kivijärvi photographs, which have been reprinted, framed and hung in a coherent group.


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  • Leagi vuoigŋa /Spirit of the Valley, Outi Pieski. Photographer: Trond A. Isaksen
  • Leagi vuoigŋa /Spirit of the Valley, Outi Pieski. Photographer: Trond A. Isaksen
  • Leagi vuoigŋa /Spirit of the Valley, Outi Pieski. Photographer: Trond A. Isaksen
  • Leagi vuoigŋa /Spirit of the Valley, Outi Pieski. Photographer: Trond A. Isaksen
  • Portrett, Nesseby, Kåre Kivijärvi. Photographer: KORO
  • Portrett Nesseby, Kåre Kivijärvi. Photographer: KORO
  • Samtinget, tilbygg, Karasjok . Photographer: Statsbygg
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About the project

About the project

Sámi Parliament, extension

About the project

The existing main parliament building and the new extension were both designed by Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter. The new extension provides the parliament with additional office space and new group rooms for plenary sessions. A walkway links the extension to the existing building. The low-rise extension features a long corridor with skylights. A glazed wall at the end of the corridor offers views over the town of Karasjok and the Karasjohka River. As in the main building, the architectural design is closely linked to the local landscape. The enormous Finnmarksvidda plateau allows truly distant vistas of a kind that are a rarity elsewhere in Norway. The plateau has inspired Halvorsen to employ so-called “reverse perspective” in the architectural design. In the extension, one’s perception of distance is manipulated so that the fixed distance between the entrance and the glass end-wall appears to change noticeably depending on where one stands. If one stands with one’s back to the glass end-wall, the staircase and entrance appear to be close at hand, while the same distance appears much greater when viewed from the entrance to the building.

The newly produced work by the Finnish-Sámi artist Outi Pieski also plays on ideas about vistas and experience. Her installation of hanging threads and metal rods is suspended like a mobile from the skylight-bordered ceiling, and the gently waving threads bring a tactile and living element into the building. With a design based on the shawls that are characteristic of Sámi traditional dress, in particular the shawls’ V-shaped fringe, the installation forms patterns that appear alternately opaque or transparent depending on where one stands in the building.

The Sámi Parliament’s art collection includes two masterpieces by one of Norway’s most important artists, Kåre Kivijärvi. The original photographs Fra de store banker [From the Grand Banks] (1959/1961) and Portrett Nesseby [Portrait, Nesseby] (1972) had to be removed from display just a year after being hung in the reception area due to damage to the photographic paper. The photographs have now been reprinted and reframed and have been hung in the largest meeting room in the new extension, where they are not exposed to direct sunlight. The two photographs hang alongside six other important photographs by Kivijärvi, from a series he created in 1966 depicting Skolt Sámi women.

Facts

Facts

Address

Avjovargeaidnu 50
9730 Karasjok

Date completed

01.10.2015

Curator

Trude Schjelderup Iversen, KORO

Building owner/developer

Rainer-Helge Braun

Host representative

Tommy Somby

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

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