Finnish-Sámi artist Marja Helander and American artist Janet Biggs discuss Helander’s artistic practices and her

2001 photographic series Modern Nomads, currently on view in Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People.

About Marja Helander

Marja Helander (b. 1965) is a Finnish Sámi photographer. Helander, who grew up in urban Helsinki, uses her dual heritage as inspiration for many of her works.

In the series Modern Nomads, Helander playfully illustrates the contrast between her modern, city life and her Sámi heritage

About Janet Biggs

Janet Biggs is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Biggs has captured such events as kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, and a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China.

Biggs received her undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design. She is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC, and Galerie Anita Beckers (Blink Video Art), Frankfurt, Germany.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

TUE – 7-29-14 – 6:30 PM