Helena Lagerqvist Kuoljok (SE)

We endure gross deedar (2021)
Embroidery on wool with silk thread, sewn like a colt from UnnaTjerusj, Gällivare Fetus tovat of wool, umbilical cord wool and cotton, uterine organza. I have experienced the racist texts that sit on the colt myself and they are embroidered on yellow clothing with black silk thread. Works We endure seriousar (2021), Elstolpar (2020) and Vindkraft (2020) belong together as it is costume parts that belong together. (artist's own description)

Embroidery on wool with silk thread. 67×114cm

View from Björkliden's golf course, Kiruna municipality. A golf club from Stockholm runs a golf course in the mountains with green greens. Next to it, alps grow and the reindeer graze there as they always did. (artist's own description)

Linen embroidery with linen thread, silk and pearl yarn. 33 × 37 cm.

Electricity poles (2020)
Thesis electricity poles come from hydropower and are everywhere in our mountain world, even in the World Heritage Site Lapponia and the national parks. Related to We endure gross deeds and Wind power (2020).(artist's own description)

Embroidery on wool with silk thread, cotton lining sewn as a Matjuk (hat). 27 x 28 cm

Wind power (2020)
This is another thing that now exists in the mountain world, wind farms that produce "green energy" but prevent reindeer from grazing and reindeer herders risking their lives when they have to pick up their reindeer near the wind farms. In winter it freezes to ice and when it spins, heavy ice cubes fly like projectiles and anyone hit by it can die, both human and animal. Related to We endure rough deedar (2021) and Electricity poles (2020). (artist's own description)

Embroidery on wool with silk thread, cotton lining, sewn as a breast cloth from Unna Tjerusj, Gällivare.

About the artist: Textile artist Helena Lagerqvist Kuoljok has interpreted a poem by Paulus Utsi in embroidery. Helena describes the vulnerability of the Sami people due to Sweden's need for more mines, hydropower, tourist facilities, forestry on the Sámi people's indigenous lands. The artist has created notes with some of the self-perceived racism she has encountered as a Sami. (artist's own description)


Photo: Søren Rønholt

Helena Lagerqvist Kuoljok is accepted at Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2022 with four works.