In an historic first, the Nordic Pavilion in Venice is transforming into 'The Sámi Pavilion', with a project commissioned by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) featuring the Sámi artists Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna during the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2022. This transformation of the Nordic Pavilion celebrates the art and sovereignty of the Indigenous Sámi people, whose nation extends across the Nordic countries and into the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

The launch of the ‘The Sámi Pavilion’ project transforming the Nordic Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2022, featured artists Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna.

The panel discussion between ‘The Sámi Pavilion’ artists and Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA and co-curator of ‘The Sámi Pavilion’ has been moderated by Jonathan Watkins, Director of IKON Gallery, Birmingham.

The event was hosted by The Norwegian Embassy in London, Embassy of Finland London, Embassy of Sweden London and The Finnish Institute UK+Ireland.