Att ge mig mitt perspektiv - Rasbiologernas spår i det samiska folkhemmet

Tidsperiod: 2017-01-01 till 2019-12-31

Projektledare: Katarina Pirak Sikku

Medarbetare: Gunilla Larsson, May-Brit Öhman, May-Britt Öhman

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 5 040 000 SEK

This is an artistic research project focusing on the Institute of Racial Biology in Sweden, a state funded institute 1922-1958 - and its effects on the Indigenous Sámi people. The overall objective is to achieve mental independence. It is a collaboration with Dr. May-Britt Öhman, History of Science and technology/gender research and Indigenous studies and Dr. Gunilla Larsson, Archeology, both are Sámi. We will also collaborate with Dr. Frances Wyld, researcher of communication and Martu woman, Australia, and other Indigenous scholars and artists.Starting this work I asked the question: Can sadness be inherited? Now a decade of artistic investigation later one might think it is enough? The answer is no. I merely started scratching the scabs, finding the wounds beneath being severely infected.Located at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala Univ., and Jokkmokk, the research will be characterized by unique artistic quality, originality, innovation and critical potential. I aim at shaping my own self-image, take the power to define myself, free myself of limiting mechanisms. I envision artistic investigation meeting with interdisciplinary academic research, cross-border workshops, landscapes and site-specific knowledge, develop new research area, indigenous methodology, storytelling. I will publish and present my research for the wider national and international audience through exhibitions, books, publications and other media with formative processes and critical meetings.