LA FJELLA LEVE!

(Let the Mountains

Live!), #2

2019

Listen to this sound while you learn more about this project:)

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This project was shown as two parts at the same time, one at the Nordic Light Festival of Photography with Uncertain States Scandinavia, and one at the KiT (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art - NTNU) MA graduation show 'Bridges are Burning' at TKM Gråmølna. Bridges Are Burning presents 12 international artists graduating from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

I have collected the stories and the voices of the reindeer-herders

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What is a mountain?

Is the mountain alive?

What happens if you remove an elementary component of the mountain?

Klikk here to learn more about the Rock

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Will the sound of the wind-turbines and the shadows of darkness overpower once again?

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And here's a link to the USS online newspaper (also please have little browse in the other issues, they're awesome)

'LA FJELLA LEVE!' Is an investigation into the uneven powerbalance between the ongoing development of wind-energy in Trøndelag and the Southsámi reindeer-herders. Critiquing the dirty money-game that results in violating human rights and destroying indigenous land and culture in Norway.

 

I have collected the stories and the voices of the reindeer-herders, and I want them to be heard and seen. The stories are there, on the wall, but will anyone be able to read them through the noise of the windmills? or will the sound of the wind-turbines and the shadows of darkness overpower once again? What will happen when this chapter of history is closed? The voices will disappear. But will the memory stay? When the exhibition period finished the walls was painted white again and the stories vanished. In order to find the correct voice for the project I invited Southsámi reindeer-herders, people with close relation to Sámi culture, and people with a particularly interest or information about the matter, to tell me their stories. We gathered at Saemien Sijte - South Sámi Museum and Cultural Center to talk about their experience of the situation. The meeting was attended by Maja Kristine, Synneve Fjellberg, Laara Dunfjeld and Kræsta Toven, and we had a long and heartfelt conversation, which was recorded. The text is taken directly from this conversation and accompanied with the loud, dark and droning sound of the insides of a wind-turbine. On top of this already pressing atmosphere created by the sound, the light was dim and a small “windmill” casting long shadows on the wall making the text even harder to read.

© 2020 Trude Bekk
 
 
 
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