Ruotnas Várri, new Music Video

The Music Video Ruotnas Várri / The Green Mountain

A part of the feature documentary film project KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN

Music: Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen

Stierdna Production Label

Director: Liselotte Wajstedt

Photo: Olle Sundberg, Liselotte Wajstedt, Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, Mikael Johansson

Aftereffects: Jennie Nyström

Production: Barents Film and Video productions and Liselotte Wajstedt

Co-Production Filmpool Nord, Katja Härkönen

Support: Konstnärsnämnden, Sámi Council, Region Norrbotten

 

I work on an artistic film/research project on the displacement of Kiruna. Working title is “Kiruna – Ortdrivaren”. It is an artistic and Indigenous Methodologies project from the inside, about and with the Mine, the City, the Place, the Move and the People.  As part of this project I follow the Gábna Sámi Village and in particular one of the herders and now also the president of the village; Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, in his daily life. Kuhmunen is also a yoiker and his artistic work forms part of the project.

Ruotnas Várri – the Green Mountain, the mountain Mertainen.

Mertainen has always been crucial to Gábna; the reindeer have had access to lichen from the trees. Lichen in the trees has become more important as the current climate change is impacting negatively on the grazing available on the ground.  When the trees are cut down or contaminated by dust from the mining, it is a major threat to the reindeer herding and thus to the Sámi culture. Also psychologically the mountain is an important place: the Mother mountain. Now the state mining company has started mining for ore here.

 

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The Lost One

The installation THE LOST ONE, on Tour:

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Photo: Lisa Kejonen

In the installation The Lost One, Liselotte Wajstedt creates a tender narrative about her grandmother. She examines a personal history and discovers connections to her own life. The work also reflects several profoundly universal questions and ideas about life. The piece consists of a film, an oral narrative, a photograph and a kolt.

The narrative tells the story of a beloved grandmother and her revolutionary life choices. Despite her Laestadianistic faith and the disapproval of her community, she left what appeared to be the perfect marriage to live with another man. Liselotte Wajstedt starts with her own recollections and contemplates them. As an adult she begins to understand connections she had never thought about before.

The film weaves together family photographs and recent landscape pictures. They are accompanied by a newly composed piece of music by Hanna Nutti, who has interpreted the story through text and music. In the film, Liselotte Wajstedt sews a white kolt for her grandmother using the sewing machine she inherited from her. Along the hem she has printed a row of images from the grandmother’s life, which are then joined together, piece by piece.

Áigemátki – Tidsresa – Time Travel: SDS Karasjok, 6. sept – 28. oct 2018

http://samidaiddaguovddas.no/aigematki-tidsreise/

Áigemátki – Tidsresa – Time Travel : Tråante, january 2017 i Trondheim, 5. february 2017

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Alta Museum, 18. january – 28. mars 2016

Värmlands museum, 23. jan – 28 feb 2016

The Lost One

Bildmuseet i Umeå, 25. may – 9. sept 2014

http://www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en/exhibition/liselotte-wajstedt/12052

 

Short film The Lost One

Liselotte Wajstedt creates a tender narrative about her grandmother. She examines a personal history and discovers connections to her own life. The work also reflects several profoundly universal questions and ideas about life. Liselotte Wajstedt sews a white kolt for her grandmother using the sewing machine she inherited from her. Along the hem she has printed a row of images from the grandmother’s life, which are then joined together, piece by piece.

 

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Sámi nieida jojk, 2007

(Obs! It’s lo resulotion version of the film)

Year: 2007
Length: 58 min
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
Production: LittleBig Productions

OBS! It is not allowed to show the film publicly. Rights should apply for LittleBig Productions.

Sámi nieida jojk is a documentary roadmovie into Sápmi. Armed in a Kolt and with a summer’s course in the lingo she is determined to take her place among the people she belongs to. In spite of being Sami herself, she has stood outside the Sami community, bereft of the language and other attributes of the culture. It’s an exciting trip, filled with expectations of new and fulfilling experiences, but the hovering fear of rejection and alienation lurks around the corner. This strong story is portrayed through humoristic documentary narration, imaginative animation and musical editing. How much a Sami can you be living in the city and without reindeers? Will she be accepted in Sameland?

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