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BRITTA MARAKATT-LABBA

BORN 1951, Idivuoma, Sápmi/Northern Sweden
LIVES&WORKS Övre Soppero, Sápmi/Northern Sweden

The textile and pictorial art of Marakatt-Labba is closely linked to the Sami culture, belonging to a geographical area that crosses the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Her narrative embroideries, made of thin threads of wool, silk and linen on white fabric, remind of childhood memories of uncertain shape, as do the yoik songs of Sami culture. In her art, thread replaces colour as the main element of the story of a people that is little known and is still looking for legitimization, despite its very ancient history. Evoking plants, animals, stars, and figures who wear traditional garments as distinctive symbols of movements for autonomy – e.g. the typical red ladjogáphir caps – her works build a bridge between Sami cultural history and the present

SIGNS

  • Fälld Skog (Felled Forest), Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway, 2021
  • History, 14. documenta, Kassel, Germany, 2017
  • Vi skrev ett brev I, Private collection, 1995

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