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Show photographer Chen Chun-Lun

Pauliina Feodorofff: Matriarchy

  • Schedule

    Thu 1.12.2022 19:30

    Fri 2.12.2022 19:30

    Sat 3.12.2022 15:00

    Mon 5.12.2022 19:30

    Wed 7.12.2022 19:30

    Thu 8.12.2022 19:30

    Fri 9.12.2022 19:30

    Sat 10.12.2022 15:00

    Mon 12.12.2022 19:30

    Tue 13.12.2022 19:30

  • Duration 90 min. No intermission.
  • An artist discussion 13.12. after the performance

“ … look at this landscape. I’d like you to buy this view for your collection, I am begging you to buy this view for your collection. Buy our art not our land … “

Matriarchy is a collective performance of healing and renewal, conceived as a process of rematriation to return to a world of kinship between people, land, waters, spirits, and other-than human beings.

“Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples have never properly greeted each other”, as director Pauliina Feodoroff explains when describing the first part of the performance, titled First Contact. In this first section, the performance contrasts colonised and Indigenous gesturality.

Part two, Auction, presents images of Sámi landscapes currently under threat from commercial logging. These land(person)scapes, portraying the land and related guardians, are ‘auctioned off’ as artworks during the performance, setting the scene for the actual sale of the works that is happening in real time, as a parallel process of the project.

In part three, Matriarchy, Indigenous female bodies converge in actions that ask us to be aware of our responsibilities in a world of relations. The performance centres matriarchal values of care and collective models of existence to restore sovereign forms of living in Sámi society.

Matriarchy was created for and premiered at The Sámi Pavilion, as part of the Venice Biennal 2022.

The event is organized by Zodiak - Center for New Dance


Working group

Birit Haarla, Katja Haarla, Teuri Haarla, Marja Helander, Satu Herrala, Hanna Parry, Outi Pieski, Eséte Eshetu Sutinen, Osuuskunta Lumimuutos, Ulyana Yulina, Miltä Sopu Näyttää -projekti


Stina Aletta Aikio, Pauliina Feodoroff, Kevin Francett, Petri Mentu, Markus Moshnikoff, Susanna Rauno, Hanna Parry, Terike Haapoja


Anna Morottaja, 169, Mari Boine

Language planning

Christoph Parry

Sámi Elder

Asta Mitkijá Balto


Sámi Pavillion/ Venice Biennale 2022, Zodiak, Koneen säätiön rahoittama Miltä Sopu Näyttää -hanke

Sámi Pavilion is Commissioned by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, with co-commissioners Kiasma (Helsinki) and Moderna Museet (Stockholm)

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