“Let the River Flow’ at Hyperallergic

In 1979 a group of Sámi people, wearing traditional dress and calling to “let the river live,” staged a hunger strike outside of parliament in Oslo while others occupied the prime minister’s office. This was the dramatic climax of the People’s Action against the Áltá-Guovdageaidnu Waterway (1978-1982) in opposition to the construction of a dam across the Alta river in northern Norway.

This strategically visible uprising brought Sámi rights into the Norwegian political mainstream and helped lead to Norway’s signing of ILO Convention 169 and the creation of a Sámi Parliament.

Part of a three-year-long dialogue with Sámi artists and scholars, Let the River Flow ,a group show at Oslo’s Office of Contemporary Art, shows how artists were at the center of the action. The multigenerational show also explores the Alta action’s legacy today and the sentiment that the decolonizing process it initiated has stalled and that Sámi culture is in danger today, through such works as Máret Ánne Sara’s Pile o’ Sapmi Power Necklace, which is made from powdered reindeer bones referencing the Norwegian government-imposed reindeer slaughter in northern Norway, a policy Sámi herders is an infringement of indigenous rights.

Full review at Hyperallergic: Unpacking the Legacy of an Indigenous Uprising in Norway

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Street Art is Everywhere

Guido Van Helten, Reykjavik
Guido Van Helten, Reykjavik

I have been quiet over here for a while as I have been working on putting together another site. Rather than filling up Six Trees with post after post about street art I have seen on my travels around the world, I began a different, dedicated site back in January: Street Art is Everywhere.

It is not meant to be a news site — there are others that do that well — but, rather, I want it to slowly grow into a kind of encyclopedia. A permanent document of impermanent art. Though this approach may change in the future, each post currently focuses on one piece of art, with information — as much as I know — about the piece, the artist and the location. I am also pinning each piece on this map, which I hope will grow substantially. So far, I have featured pieces from the UK, US, Egypt, Georgia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Japan, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

If, like me, you are a little bit obsessed with street art, I hope you take a look and also share your thoughts.

All photos – here and there – belong to me. Please, please do not use them without permission.

Juan Salgado, San Juan
Juan Salgado, San Juan
Icy and Sot, Brooklyn
Icy and Sot, Brooklyn
Shepard Fairey, Cincinnati
Shepard Fairey, Cincinnati
Faith47, New York City
Faith47, New York City
Bastardilla, Bogotá
Bastardilla, Bogotá
Hero de Janeiro, Amsterdam.
Hero de Janeiro and Ottograph, Amsterdam.
Alice Pasquini, Oslo
Alice Pasquini, Oslo
Mr Hure, Istanbul
Mr Hure, Istanbul