THE MAGIC OF LAPLAND
BIFORMI (mobile) - exhibition at 'the magic of Lapland'
exhibition at Ateneum in Helsinki, Finland.
"Finnish Lapland covers a large area – almost a third of the whole
country – but has only 185,000 people. A 'Lapp', or 'Lapplander', is
anyone resident in Lapland, while 'Sami' is used only of a member of the
indigenous, originally nomadic, people who populate the far north. The
administrative centre of Lapland is the town of Rovaniemi, its biggest
lake Inarinjärvi and its highest point Halti fell. 'Finnish Lapland'
means the whole area covered by the Province of Lapland. In terms of its
geography Lapland divides into four regions: Kittilä, Sompio, Enontekiö
There is a lot of art around on Lapland subjects. Because an exhibition
is always the result of choices, this one can obviously cover only a
very small cross-section of it. In making these choices, we were greatly
helped by art historian Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja's research on the history
of Lapland art.
Whenever I visit Lapland I notice yet again that distances are relative
in the far north. Viewed from southern Finland, the north means freedom
and open spaces to many people, together with silence and the chance to
wander in real wilds.
A couple of years ago I visited the offices of Rovaniemi Art Museum. On
the wall there was a man-sized map of Finland rising from the floor, and
when I stood in front of it my eyes were on a level with Rovaniemi. Once
again I was shown that rush-hour Finland, Helsinki and the art
concentrations of the south are very far away seen from a Lapland
Through this exhibition, we can shift the focus of our own mental map to
a very different place for a while and contemplate only Lapland."
Director, Ateneum Art Museum Curator of the Magic of Lapland exhibition,
author of the website texts
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