Let The River Flow - An Indigenous Uprising and its Legacy in Art, Ecology and Politics
TheÁltá Action (c. 1978–82) radically shookthecourse of history intheNordic region. Its call to ‘lettheriverlive’ rallied againsttheconstruction of a large dam acrosstheÁlttáeatnuriverontheNorwegian side of Sápmi,theSámi homeland.TheAction catapultedthedemands for Indigenous sovereignty totheforefront ofthepolitics ofthetime, and grew into an unexpectedly broad movement of solidarity in which Sámi artists played a central role. Many key questions raised bytheÁltá Action pertinent intheregion and beyond remain unresolved today.
LettheRiverFlow makes essential reading for any discussion regarding how governments, artists and citizens will act upon these questions within the frame of today’s worldwide call for decolonization and Indigenization.
New essays by 24 leading Indigenous artists, writers and scholars as well as allies, together with key existing texts, focus onthesignificant political and artistic reverberations oftheAction past and present. These include current Indigenous discourses and protests across Sápmi, and internationally.
LettheRiverFlowaddresses readers with an interest in decolonial, Indigenous, solidarity and environmental questions within artistic practice and beyond.
Valiz with Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), 2020 | Pb | 23,5 x 16,5 cm (h x w) | 296 pp. | English | November 2020 | ISBN 978-94-92095-79-4
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