Matti Aikio (NO)
Matti Aikio is a Sámi visual artist from Finnish side of the Sápmi. He has a background in Sámi reindeer herding culture. He holds an MA in contemporary art from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art. Aikio’s art has been exhibited in various countries in Europe, Asia & Latin America. He works with mixed media, photography, sound, installations, video and text. His main interest as an artist is to try to offer the spectators a possibility to shift perspective on often marginalised issues. Lately he’s been focused on topics like the concept, the idea and the image of nature and how the indigenous cultures seem to be squeezed by the schizophrenic nature relationship of the nation states and capitalism. Aikio also performs as a dj.
Why Matti Aikio?
“Matti Aikio is a Sami artist and activist. It is important for We are Europe to present and showcase faces from other parts of Europe other than Western countries and also people who are reconnecting to Gaia.”