Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš, Nama haga / Untitled, 1995. Lásságámmi vuođđudus / The Lásságámmi Foundation.
The Henie Onstad will put on a big retrospective exhibition about the Sami artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš (1943-2001).
The artist is seen as a cultural icon and nation builder in Sápmi.1 He was an innovator of Sami joik and visual art, as well as a Nordic pioneer in poetry, artist books and sound art. His work is of great relevance today, both within the field of art and as an advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples. This fall the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will highlight his importance in the Nordic countries as well as in a larger global perspective.
The exhibition is the most extensive presentation of Áillohaš’ works—until now. Here one can experience the interdisciplinary practice and activism found in Áillohaš’ art. As he himself expressed it: “In our cultural tradition, everyone is an artist… The way of life is art.”
It is rare to experience, to such an extent, the legacy of Áillohaš in one exhibition. His radical strategy was to not have a gallerist. Thus this exhibition consists of a long line of private, as well as public deposits from Sápmi. After the exhibition at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter the presentation will travel to Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Romsa/Tromsø in the north of Norway.
Sápmi refers to the areas where the Sámi people have traditionally lived, and stretches over four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.