Matti Aikio

Norway-Finland-Sami

Matti Aikio (1980) originally comes from Vuotso, the most southern Sámi village in Finland. He is also a reindeer herder and works frequently in reindeer herding. Aikio works mainly with video installations, film, photography, sound and spatial installations. His artistic motivation arises from an attempt to try to understand nomadic world views and nomadic philosophies, if such philosophies exist. He is currently pursusing a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art.


Lávvu

2011
Video, 06’ 40”, with sound


Sometimes doing nothing leads to something, and in the case of Aikio’s work, it appears pertinent to take this nothingness as its starting point. The artist renders Lávvu as a continuous shot of a Sámi lávvu, fuming with the smoke of the fire within, and steaming with the clouds of melting and evaporating snow around it. It is the autumn, and the surrounding pine trees just below the forest line are starting to show their autumnal hues. “Nothing is happening”, as Aikio says. Perhaps the only indications that greater forces are at play are to be found in the call of the raven, a bird so often found in Sámi mythology to evoke the ominous.

Both Lávvu and Nomad Talk are works in progress – or rather, part of the same work in progress, and have previously been shown as different parts of the same multi-screen video installations.

Installed at Studio 17.

Image: Matti Aikio, vvu (2011), Video, 06′ 40”, with sound. Courtesy of the artist.

Nomad Talk

2011
Video, 07’ 13”, with sound


Nomad Talk is an attempt to try understand nomadic thinking and its relationship to such concepts as nature, home and space through storytelling. The stories are illustrated by by Sámi landscapes, partly shot in the biggest unprotected intact old-growth boreal forest in the Sámi region, a forest that is under constant threat of being cut down by the Finnish state.

Both Lávvu and Nomad Talk are works in progress – or rather, part of the same work in progress, and have previously been shown as different parts of the same multi-screen video installations.

 

Installed at MS Sandnes, Cabin.

Image: Matti Aikio, Nomad Talk (2011), Video, 07′ 13”, with sound. Courtesy of the artist.