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Concert with Sofia Jannok

Published 2017/06/09

Sofia Jannok. Photo: Sotarn Otf


A concert by Sofia Jannok
as part of OCA’s ‘Museums on Fire!’

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 19:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7,
0551 Oslo I

OCA has the great pleasure of inviting you to a summer concert with renowned singer, songwriter, actress and Sami activist Sofia Jannok on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 19:00. This event is part of OCA’s ‘Museums on Fire!’, a symposium presented in Oslo with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, curators, and academics debating the notion of Western museums as spaces and processes of entanglement with the colonial and modernist ideologies that created them. The symposium took place within an immersive installation specially commissioned to artist Anders Sunna, on view until 25 June.

A second part of the project featured a historic conversation, entitled ‘Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat / The Sami Collections Revisited’, and took place in Kárášjohka/Karasjok in collaboration with RiddoDuottarMuseat (Sami Museums of Western Finnmark) and Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (Sami Center for Contemporary Art). Artist Geir Tore Holm conceived and moderated the discussion with RDM founders Alf Isak Keskitalo and Vigdis Stordahl addressing the creation of an inspirational museum concept designed as a site of Sami empowerment.

Through her words, rhythms, and activism, Sofia Jannok pushes for decolonisation. An occasional collaborator of Anders Sunna, she has established herself as one of Sápmi’s biggest musicians by revitalising traditional music based on yoik and a combination of pop, electronica and jazz. She will play together with musicians Anton Toorell and Kristofer Eriksson.

About Sofia Jannok
Sofia Jannok (b.1982) is a singer, songwriter, actress and radio host born and raised in Sápmi. She takes inspiration from folk music, pop, jazz and yoik, and sings mostly in Northern Sami, but also in Swedish and English. With a dynamic and atmospheric sound, Jannok reveals the struggle of the Indigenous peoples for acceptance and equal rights. In her own words, ‘Music has no borders; it brings us together. I want to see a world where everyone has the same rightful place regardless if you are Indigenous, immigrant, woman or man.’ Her latest album, ORDA – This is my land (2016), was received to great critical acclaim, and her music video We Are Still Here created in collaboration with Anders Sunna, was voted Best Music Video at ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto, Canada, in 2016. Jannok was Grammy-nominated in Sweden both in 2010 and 2014. She was voted ‘Artist of the Year 2014’ at the World Music Award in Sweden, and in 2015 she was the recipient of the Nils Aslak Valkepää Music Prize. She also acted in the acclaimed French/Swedish TV series ‘Midnight Sun’ set in the town of Kiruna.

For more information about 'Museums on Fire!' and the opening times of the installation during its final weeks, please click here. Please notice that Anders Sunna’s installation is closed for public viewing on 14 June.

Click here to see full video recordings from ‘Museums on Fire!’.

For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.