Tomas Colbengtson

Tomas Colbengtson

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Land protector 2
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Title: Land Protector 2
Technique: Mixed media on polycarbonate
Dimensions: 95x128 cm
Other: The work is part of the exhibition "Making the invisible visible" which takes place in the gallery 21.1 - 12.2. 2022. In the event of a purchase, the work can only be sent / picked up after the end of the exhibition.

Tomas Colbengtson is one of Sápmi's leading artists. He was born in 1957 and grew up in a small Sami village, Björkvattnet, Tärnaby, which is the northernmost area for the South Sami language. Björkvatten is a central place for the Sami resistance struggle. Among other things, Elsa Laula (1877-1931, Sami feminist, socialist and activist) grew up here and was the initiator of the first Sami political union, the Lapland Central Union.

Tomas thus grew up with the struggle for his own language, the right to his own religion and self-determination. He uses his Sami background and nature experiences from the northern Swedish mountains as a starting point for his artistic work.

In his activist work, he is the initiator of the indigenous residence Sápmi salasta for indigenous artists. He works with graphics, painting, sculpture and digital art. Since 1998, he has held Artist Residency at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He currently also teaches at Konstfack, Stockholm, where he completed his education in 1991.