Launch of documenta 14’s `South as a State of Mind' in Kárásjohka, Sápmi, within a day-long public programme

Published 2016/08/11

South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2], Cover, June 2016

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A day-long public programme in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway) and the first presentation of South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2]

With d14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and d14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer

Saturday 27 August 2016, 10:00–until late

The Sami Parliament / Sámediggi (and other venues)
Avjovargeaidnu 50
Kárášjohka, Sápmi
9730 Karasjok, Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is delighted to announce a presentation of the second volume of documenta 14’s journal South as a State of Mind in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway), together with documenta 14’s Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer who will both introduce one of the world’s largest exhibitions and conduct short readings from the journal on Saturday 27 August 2016.

The public presentation of d14 #2 volume is part of an intense day of public programming which includes lectures, conversations and music, together with Sami artists and activists speaking about crucial moments in their recent history and today’s challenges within the region. Among the contributors are curator and former director of the Sami Center for Contemporary Art Jan-Erik Lundstrøm in conversation with Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt Labba and Synnøve Persen, focussing on their commitment as founding members of Sami Artist Group 1978–1983 / Mázejoavku: sámi dáidojoavku; presentations by Associate Professor of Sami Literature at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway Harald Gaski and film-maker Gunilla Bresky on the work and life of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää; an address on the rhetorics of Western law and indigenous philosophies of justice by writer, yoiker and Associate Professor of Law at UiT Ánde Somby; Associate Professor Hanna Horsberg Hansen from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing of UiT engaging in a debate about today’s art production, activism as well as territorial and environmental issues with Dáiddadállu/ Artists Collective Kautokeino (a group of practitioners which includes, among others, Elle-Marja Eira, Rawdna-Carita Eira, Elle-Sofe Henriksen and Máret-Ánne Sara).

The presentation of documenta 14’s journal South in Sápmi is part of 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ and coincides with Adam Szymczyk, Quinn Latimer and Candice Hopkins’s participation within OCA's IVP (International Visitor Programme). It will allow the documenta 14 team to encounter current artistic practices and conduct research regarding recent history and developments within communities in Sápmi and northern Norway. The event is curated by OCA in collaboration with documenta 14 and the Sami Center for Contemporary Art, and co-organised with The Sami Parliament.

The event is open to everyone, but there is limited seat capacity. To register, please send an e-mail to with ‘d14 south’ in the subject field by Wednesday 24 August 2016. For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

About documenta 14
documenta 14 is organised by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk together with a team whose first members were appointed in 2014. documenta 14 begins in Athens on 8 April 2017 and will continue in Kassel from 10 June to the end of September 2017. Documenta is a periodic exhibition, which began in 1955 as an attempt to re-establish culture and the visual arts as a primary focus of society, and to reconnect Germany with the field of international art at the time, after the trauma of World War II. Since then, every four and later five years, it has become both an exhibition of contemporary art worldwide and a moment of reflection on the relation between art and society. The last edition of documenta drew over 860,000 visitors from all over the world. For more info please visit

About South as a State of Mind
South as a State of Mind is a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012. Beginning in 2015, the magazine temporarily became the documenta 14 journal and will publish four semi-annual special issues until the opening of the exhibition in Athens and Kassel in 2017. These special issues are edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk. The documenta 14 South is conceived as a medium for research, criticism, art, and literature that parallels the years of work on the d14 exhibition overall, one that helps define and frame its concerns and aims. As such, the journal is a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, are an integral part of documenta 14, and the journal heralds that process.

For information about documenta 14 and d14 South as a State of Mind, please contact d14 Head of Communications Henriette Gallus on

About the Sami Center for Contemporary Art
The Sami Center for Contemporary Art / Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš is a centre for Sámi visual art and a profiled arena of contemporary expression, presenting a year-round programme of temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art with a particular focus on Sámi visual art. Under the heading SDG c/o they carry out various external projects, national and international, in collaboration with others in the art field. For more information about the Center please visit or contact Jan-Erik Lundström at

This event is part of OCA’s continuous programming Notations. OCA's 'Notations' unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action.