Celine Clanet’s Maze - Design Bureau

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Céline Clanet's Máze

Celine Clanet’s Maze

Monday, December 20th, 2010

“Between 2005 and 2009, I traveled regularly to Máze, a small Sámi village located above the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian Lapland. Here, I met a quiet people. Sometimes melancholic, intensely captivating and always proud of their village and territory.

I have pictured people, houses, land and reindeer that should not be here today, flooded with waters of a hydroelectric dam project that Norwegian government planned in early 70s, and was fortunately aborted, thanks to Sámi people’s protests and resistance. But I have also pictured a reality that will undoubtedly transform in the coming century, due to global warming and cultural integration. To me, Máze is an ambivalent symbol of resistance and helplessness. Pride—as well as suspicion, solitude and great beauty—prevails here.

In the most beautiful tundra of the Arctic region, I tasted villagers Ante’s and Ole Ailo’s favorite season. The days get longer and the temperatures become milder; it’s that perfect moment when time doesn’t exist anymore and night is gone. They immersed themselves in their favorite activities: fishing through ice holes in Lake Suolojávri, riding the snøskuter in the tundra and sitting outside on a reindeer skin. And hours spent inside their hytte or lávvu with friends and family, talking, joiking or doing nothing. Saying nothing. Just being.”

Céline Clanet, photographer

 

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