Curator text by Åsa Bergdahl

A large rock, a birch burl and an old wooden boat that tell stories have entered the Giella Preschool in Jokkmokk. Artists Anders Rimpi and Joar Nango have created spaces in which Sami language, culture and traditions can stimulate the children’s imagination and aid their linguistic development. The sounds in Fijfere Vanás Geađgi (Burl Boat Stone) lead us to the interface between physical and spiritual spaces. In this context, tools can become a crucial part of life. Tools can be the space. In Sami tradition, tools are part of life and well cared for. They are made and perfected for a specific purpose. Some have disappeared throughout history; others live on. A a common thread in this approach is “to manage, to get on” – bierggit – to care for things and to recreate. In this sense, tools are as much practical, home and spaces, as well as physical rooms. Joar Nango and Anders Rimpi have balanced the practical needs of everyday life with their site-specific artwork. They have created a njalla (a bear cache), employed the boat and the rock and interwoven the practical with the visual, with sound recordings and scents.

ON GIELLA PRESCHOOL: In spring 2018 some 50 children moved into the newly constructed Giella Preschool in Jokkmokk after having outgrown their old premises. Giella Preschool works actively to promote Sami life and language and provide the children with a clear identity. The languages spoken are: Southern Sami, Lule Sami and Northern Sami, and the children are organised by language rather than age. Language is an important part of the Preschool’s pedagogical foundation.

Curator text: Åsa Bergdahl