This week on Art Uncovered I speak with French photographer Céline Clanet. Over the last six years Céline has been traveling to Máze, a small village in Norwegian Lapland, located in the arctic circle, to photograph the Sámi people — one of the only indigenous arctic communities of continental Europe.
Céline’s photographs focus on the Sámi’s relationship with territory, animals and time, a relationship that was threatened in the early 1970s when the Norwegian government planned to flood the village as part of a hydroelectric dam project. The community’s resistance eventually stopped the project, but Céline believes that the Sámi and their land will undoubtedly be transformed in the coming decades by global warming and cultural integration.
Céline spoke with me over the phone from her office in Paris about her time in the arctic, the pictures she made there and some of the Sámi people in her photographs.
Céline’s work is currently on view at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City until October 1st.
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