This spring, Tate St Ives will present the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of work by Outi Pieski (Čiske-Jovsset Biret Hánsa Outi).
Pieski is a Sámi visual artist whose practice is deeply connected to land. Working primarily with painting and installation, Pieski has gained recognition for her work which explores the spiritual relationship between humans and their environment and raises vital questions around traditional knowledge and Indigenous people’s rights. The exhibition at Tate St Ives will present Pieski’s figurative landscapes, photographs and prints alongside sculptural works, including a new installation which will be made especially for the show during her Tate St Ives residency at Porthmeor Studios in January 2024.
In many of her projects, she incorporates duodji (the traditional craft practices of the Sámi people) using materials such as wood and textile. For Pieski, duodji is also a way of revitalising connections between past and future generations.
Pieski lives and works in Sápmi, the region in which the Indigenous Sámi live which is today divided between the nation states of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Driven by the rugged landscape of her home municipality of Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Pieski’s work acts as a dialogue between the everchanging natural environment of the area and its inhabitants.
Join artist Outi Pieski in conversation with Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St Ives on Saturday 10 February followed by a special performance by Outi Pieski and Eeva-Kristiina Nylander. The In conversation takes place 12.00 – 13.00 and the performance Foremothers: Hat of Pride takes place 15.00 -16.00.
The talk and performance will be BSL interpreted.
Outi Pieski exhibition at Tate St Ives (Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG) from 10 February until 6 May, Tue-Sun 10am-4.20pm. Tickets £12, free for Tate members. Book your tickets on Tate’s website. The In conversation event is free for ticket holders and members, booking is essential and can be done here.
Photo: Tor Simen Ulstein