CANCELLED: The Institutional afterlives of Sophus Tromholt’s photographs of Sámi peoples

We regret to inform you that the guest lecture is cancelled. We will try to reschedule the lecture later in the spring semester!

The Archive as a shrine and the archivists as hagiographers: The Institutional afterlives of Sophus Tromholt’s photographs of Sámi peoples.

This lecture is about a collection of Sámi photographs, namely the Tromholt's photographs in the picture collection at the University Library in Bergen. Lien reflects on how this archive - not least through the nomination of the Tromholt archive as part of UNESCO's World Memory list - has made him a kind of non-colonial artist, and the archive as a kind of shrine.

Sigrid Lien is Professor of Art History, University of Bergen - and since January 2020 she is Professor II in Art History at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

Lien has published a lot on photography, Norsk Fotohistorie – frå daguerrotypi til digitalisering (2007), Kunsten å lese bilder (2009), and (together with Elizabeth Edwards) Uncertain Images: Museums and the Works of Photographs (2014). Her latest book is Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration (2018).

In recent years, she has also worked with museological issues and has among other published (together with Hilde Wallem Nielssen) Museumsforteljingar: Vi og dei andre i kulturhistoriske museum (2016). She has led several major research projects, most recently a NFR project on photography in Sámi culture.

The lecture is organized by the research group Worlding Northern Art (WONA) and Art History, Department of Language and Culture.


Foto: Sophus Tromholt. Billedsamlingen, Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen

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When: 24. January 2020 kl. 14.15–15.15
Where: E-0101 Auditorium SV og HUM-bygget
Location / Campus: Tromsø
Target group: Students, Guests, Invited, Enhet, Employees
Kontakt: Elin Haugdal