Following Arctic Fashion
People, identity and aesthetics at Europe’s largest ethnic festival, Riddu Riđđu. Welcome to the opening of Following Arctic Fashion at Alta Museum.
For 16 years Mari Karlstad and Marit Anne Hauan have explored Europe’s largest ethnic festival, Riddu Riđđu, with a camera and an open mind. This has resulted in the exhibition Following Arctic Fashion, which includes 10 full-size portrait photos of the festival participants in their attire.
The Riddu Riđđu festival takes place on a grassy field in Manndalen in Kåfjord municipality. The festival is a happening the week it lasts, and it has its own exquisite aesthetics. People arrive in their Sami customs, trousers, summer costumes, shawls, earrings, reindeer skin shoes, sweaters, vests, hooded capes, and make the festival happen. With colours, quality, tailoring, and design, Riddu is transformed into a special and colourful meeting place for identity, ethnicity, culture and hope.
Please note that the exhibition opening will be in norwegian!
Photographer Mari Karlstad and folklorist Marit Anne Hauan from Tromsø Museum have during the period of 2000-2016, explored attire and fashion at the Riddu Riđđu festival. Mari Karlstad with photography og Marit Anne Hauan with lyrics.
— «A well-dressed Sami’s custom is as a rule always a harmonious blend of colours. And to use a stronger expression, one can say that at beautiful Sami custom is like a symphony of colours.”
The Arctic University of Norway is responsible for producing this exhibition, in collaboration with Centre of Northern People.
Following Arctic Fashion will be exhibited at Alta Museum from the 2nd of May until the 9th of September 2019.
The exhibition is opened by Section manager Maria Øien.
Details of the opening program will follow later. However, we can reveal that there will be speeches, Sami music and a Fashion Show, and we offer some refreshments.