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Finnish Contemporary Folk Art from the Fells

Next summer, Siida will surprise its visitors already before they enter the building. Sculptures inspired by the nature of Lapland have been placed in the surroundings of the Siida Building, and, in the exhibition room downstairs, the idea of the exhibition becomes clearer for the visitor. The works made by self-taught artists from Inari and its neighbourhood tell, in their fresh language, what it’s like to live in Lapland where nature is always close by.

Jun 18, 2013
Every week until Oct 03, 2013
Contact Name Pasi Nivasalo
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Contact Phone 0205 64 7749
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The exhibition mainly consists of sculptures and photographs that professional photographers have taken of Lappish outsider artists by their houses and in the environments where their art has been created. The exhibition is designed by Ralf Forsström, one of the most famous set designers in Finland. Since 2005, Forsström has designed several exhibitions of outsider art. In Forsström’s creative sets, outsider art gets closer to the original setting than in bare exhibition facilities.

Outsider art is Finnish contemporary folk art. Self-taught artists make their art on the terms of everyday life and their environment, shaping at the same time their own lives and living surroundings through art. Outsider art tells a story that is the size of life and looks like its creator.

The project ITE Lapissa (“Outsider Art in Lapland”) that lasts until the end of 2013 makes Lappish outsider art visible. The jewels of this art were and are displayed in 2012 and 2013 at the Kellokas Visitor Centre, at the Aine Art Museum in Tornio, at Korundi in Rovaniemi and at Siida in Inari. In addition to the exhibitions, a range of events are arranged in different parts of Lapland; in them, visitors can dig out their own creativity, too. At the beginning of the summer of 2013, a book on outsider art in Lapland will also be published.

The project ITE Lapissa is run by the Union of Rural Education and Culture, with all the municipalities of Lapland participating. It is funded by Lapland’s Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

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