PILE O´SÁPMI FIRST EDITION, FIRST TRIAL, INNER FINNMARK DISTRICT COURT, TANA, FEBRUARY 2016
200 raw reindeer heads installed outside the Inner Finnmark District Court, Tana, February 2016. Jovsset Ante Sara, the artists little brother goes into court to defend his reindeer, his traditional way of life, his livelihood and income, and his families ancient inherited rights. The Norwegian government has activated forced culling of the Sami peoples reindeer and they are forcing Jovsset Ante to slaughter his herd to 75 reindeer. Sara claims that this will force him to bankruptcy and thereby force him away from his traditional way of life, his culture and the families ancient inherited rights. The model for the forced culling is affecting great loss for many individuals, especially for the smallest reindeer herders such as the youth who are in the establishment phase. A whole society is affected, the recruitment of Sami reindeer herding is being efficiently strangled and a whole culture is threatened. Sister Maret Anne Sara piles reindeer heads outside the courthouse to get public awareness and debate around the situattion.
Photo: Iris Egilsdatter