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Outi Pieski

Portrait of artist Outi Pieski
Photo credit: Teuri Haarla
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Outi Pieski

Outi Pieski (b. 1973) is a Sámi visual artist based in Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Finland. Her paintings and installations delve into the Arctic region and the interdependence of nature and culture. Her work combines craft traditions as somatic and familial vocabularies called duodji to reopen conversations about the Sámi people within transnational discourses. Her work with archaeologist Eeva-Kristiina Nylander in a project Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – Foremother´s Hat of Pride inquiries into the knowledges of her foremothers through practices of revitalization, rematriation, and actualisation of the larger biocultural reality of the Sámi people.  

Since graduating from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (2000), Pieski has exhibited internationally for over two decades, most recently at the Venice Biennale (2019); the Gwangju Biennale (2021); the Biennale of Sydney (2022); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2022) and Gropius Bau, Berlin (2022). Outi Pieski is represented in many collections, among them the National Museum Collection in Norway, Moderna Museet, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sámi Dáiddamagasiidna–Sámi Art Collections in Norway. She has received several awards, including the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Award (2017), and the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Grand Prize (2020).

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