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Working Residency

Sámi headwear Photo (detail): The Finnish Heritage Agency

Who: experts and artists in the field of cultural heritage, material culture, provenance and colonial repercussions 

Section: Interdisciplinary

Duration: 2 weeks

Closing date for applications: 1 August 2021

About the Residency

Goethe-Institut Finnland is pleased to offer two work residencies, one in Finland, one in Germany. The residencies will take place during late autumn 2021 (depending on the current COVID-19 situation). The two chosen residents will have an exchange in both countries: in one country as a resident, in the other as a host.

Goethe-Institut Finnland, located in Helsinki, collaborates actively with organisations and individuals connected to Sámi collections in the Nordic countries and in Germany, aiming to broaden the discussion on restitution and cultural heritage to the general public. Goethe-Institut Finnland cooperates with both local and international partners, building bridges and networks around these debates with a transnational, transparent and enabling focus.


The work residencies aim to support the development of dialogue on provenance research between museums in Sápmi and Germany. The chosen residents will tackle many issues together, including the following:

  • how to expand discourses on Sámi cultural heritage
  • who to involve
  • how to introduce the knowledge and significance of the objects to a wider audience (including different generations and specific groups of interest)
  • where to foster international collaboration

Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (MEK) in Berlin has the largest Sámi collection outside of northern Europe.

Sámi Museum Siida has an extensive collection of Sámi objects, which will be joined by the repatriated collection of The National Museum of Finland in the autumn 2021. The extended and renovated Siida and the new permanent exhibition will be opened in April 2022.


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