Ramona Salo Myrseth
Master of Arts 2018, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
In the Sami culture, there is a place called Sáivu. This sacred underground world is like a magical mirror where the ‘non-living walk with their feet against the feet of the living on earth’ and where everything is perfect and beautiful. Sáivu also served as the inspiration for ‘Den samiske halvtimen’, a clothing collection that makes us look at Sami culture in a whole new way.
The bold goal of the award winner was to show that indigenous peoples are not isolated tribes, but people of the world, that they are part of a global culture of myths, stories and traditions that are not limited to country borders or nations.
With a sense of adventure and profound love, she dove into the Sami culture and created a clothing collection with a personal expression that redefines our notion of ‘Sami’, while at the same time remaining true to its roots. The award winner is also part of a growing international wave of young artists and designers who are taking back and communicating the values of indigenous peoples within a modern context. This makes it more than just a clothing collection, but perceptible storytelling. Or as the heading Sámegiel poesiija suggests: Sami poetry.
It is therefore an honour and pleasure to award the DOGA Newcomer Award to the impressive Den samiske halvtimen.
North Troms Regional Council, North Troms Study Centre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Municipality of Kåfjord