Joar Nango


Born: 1979, Born: Alta, NorwayBased: Oslo, Norway ; Tromsø, Norway

Joar Nango, Sámi shelters, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

Joar Nango (b. 1979, Áltá/AltaÁltá, Sáapmi/Northern NorwayFinnmárku/Finnmark, lives and works in Romssa (Tromsø)/Tromsø) is a Sámi architect with a degree from NTNU in Norway, and a practicing artist. He works with site-specific installations and self-made publications, which explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. Thematically speaking, his work relates to questions of Indigenous identity, often through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. Recently, he has worked on the theme of The Modern Sámi Space through, amongst other things, a self-published zine series entitled Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. He is also a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, which works with temporary installations in urban contexts. Currently, he lives and works in Romssa/Tromsø, Norway. He has held several exhibitions in Canada, at 161Gallon gallery (2007) and Gallery Deluxe Gallery in Halifax (2008), at GallerySAW in Ottawa (2013) and at Western Front in Vancouver (2014). Nango’s work has also been exhibited internationally in Ukraine, Finland, China, Russia, Colombia and Bolivia. He is currently involved in setting up a network of Sami architects across Sáapmi.