For the first time, the Nordic pavilion—which represents Finland, Norway, and Sweden—is changing its name to the Sámi pavilion, in a historic recognition of the region’s indigenous population. The exhibition will feature three Sámi artists, each of whom engage heavily with social, political, and environmental issues facing their communities: Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara, and Anders Sunna, who are best known for their directing, installation, and painting, respectively.
“The global pandemic, the impact of climate change and worldwide calls for decolonisation are leading us all to focus on alternative possibilities for our future and that of our planet,” said Katya García-Antón, director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and lead commissioner for the pavilion, in a statement
. “At this pivotal moment, it is vital to consider Indigenous ways of relating to the environment and to each other. The artworks of Feodoroff, Sara and Sunna in the Sámi Pavilion will present compelling visions of how these relationships operate, from a Sámi perspective.”