Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – Foremother´s Hat of Pride

Ládjogahpir rematrierenMáhccat eatni lusa/Rematriation of a LádjogahpirReturn to Máttaráhkká, 2019, installašuvdna detálja—govvakolláša/installation detail—photo collage, 133 x 100 cm. Ovttasbargu Birit Haarlain/collaboration with Birit Haarla.

The Ládjogahpir—The Foremothers´ Hat of Pride, an interdisciplinary project by Finnish archaeologist Eeva-Kristiina Harlin and by Sámi artist Outi Pieski. The project investigates the complex history and legacy of the ládjogahpir, the Sámi woman´s headgear. In a collaboration between historical and archaeological research, social activism and craftivism, including the revitalising of duodji, Sámi crafting traditions, and artistic practices, this project both writes and visualizes the dramatic events surrounding the hat’s history, including its demise, and its – spectacular – reappearance. The inventive and thorough research of Harlin and Pieski has led them to archives, collections and libraries across Europe, resulting in the book’s remarkable inventory and visual history of all known ládjogahpirs. The project has also involved organizing encounters with Sámi women of today who have shared with them duodji skills, values, ideas and dreams, participating in the ládjogahpir revival.

Book: The Ládjogahpir—The Foremothers´ Hat of Pride published by Davvi Girji will be out in March 2020. The book is edited by art historian Jan-Erik Lundström, mainly translated by Ritva Torikka and the Graphic Design is by Erno Karjalainen from Govus.

Ládjogahpir rematrierenMáhccat eatni lusa/Rematriation of a LádjogahpirReturn to Máttaráhkká, 2019, installašuvdna detálja—govvakolláša/installation detail—photo collage, 100 x 100 cm. Ovttasbargu Birit Haarlain/collaboration with Birit Haarla.
Ládjogahpir rematrierenMáhccat eatni lusa/Rematriation of a LádjogahpirReturn to Máttaráhkká, 2019, installašuvdna detálja—govvakolláša/installation detail—photo collage, 87,5 x 80 cm. Ovttasbargu Katja Haarlain/collaboration with Katja Haarla.
Subjeavttat dutkamuša vuolde/Subjects of Research, 2019, 16 luvvejuvvon gova/16 photographs unmounted, 150 x 200cm.
Ládjogahpir rematrierenMáhccat eatni lusa/Rematriation of a LádjogahpirReturn to Máttaráhkká, 2019, installašuvdna detálja—25 gova ruvttá/installation detail—grid of 25 photographs, 133 x 100 cm.
Kolonialisttalaš metamorfosa 1852/Colonialist Metamorphosis 1852, seahkalas teknihka/mixed media, 2018.
Máhccat eatni lusa/Return to Máttaráhkká, 2019, seahkalas teknihka/mixed media, 25 x 20 x 20 cm.
Made by anonymous / Foremothers horn hat
A Sámi horn hat from Dálvadas village, Utsjoki. Purchased in 1902 by Theodor Schvindt from Gádjá-Nillá (Nils Vuolab) and his sister Gádjá-Máret (Marith Rasmus, née Vuolab, former Pieski). The horn hat was probably used by Outi Pieski´s foremother Golle Gáddjá (Kajsa Josefsdatter Poini)  1817–.
The National Museum of Finland, Antell Collection
photo: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
47 eanemus ohccojuvvon máttaráhkut/The 47 Most Wanted Foremothers, 2019, 48 gova muorrarámaid siste/48 photographs in wooden frames, 208 x 625 cm ollislaš oainnus/overall. Govva/Photo: Tor Egil Rasmussen/SDG.
Ládjogahpir rematrierenMáhccat eatni lusa/ Rematriation of a LádjogahpirReturn to Máttaráhkká,  2019, installašuvdna/installation. Čájáhusoainnus/Exhibition view from Sámi Dáiddaguovddaš, Kárášjohka.
Alážis / At the Top
2018, lithography, 10 edition, printed by Tamarind Institute, New Mexico
photos: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Gahpiraš / Sweet Hat Mountain
2018, lithography, 10 edition, printed by Tamarind Institute, New Mexico
photos: Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Outi Pieski. Cuolmmadit. EMMA 12.9.2018 – 6.1.2019. Photos: Ari Karttunen / EMMA