Over the last six years French photographer Celine Clanet has been traveling to Mazi, a small village in Norwegian Lapland, to photograph the Sami people. The Sami are one of the only indigenous arctic communities of continental Europe.
Celine’s photographs focus on the Sami people’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 derailed the project, but Celine writes that the reality she photographs will “undoubtedly transform in the coming decades due to global warming and cultural integration.”
Celine 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 Sami people in her photographs. She also put together the selection of Sami music you’ll be hear throughout the show.
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