This summer, PhD student Haylee Glasel presented papers on contemporary Circumpolar art and ecology at conferences in Finland and Norway. Haylee shared her research on contemporary Sámi maps, installation art, and environmental injustice in the “Mediating Arctic Geographies: Contemporary Imaginaries of the Circumpolar World” conference in Inari, Finland, and at the “Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape” conference in Bergen, Norway.
Haylee then traveled to the Venice Biennale to visit the Sámi Pavilion (usually known as the Nordic Pavilion), featuring three Sámi artists: Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara, and Anders Sunna. This transformation of the Nordic Pavilion celebrates the art and sovereignty of the Indigenous Sámi people, whose nation extends across the Nordic countries and into the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Haylee’s summer travels allowed her to further investigate her dissertation project and connect with scholars, artists, and activists of the Circumpolar world.