Lars Hætta’s miniature world: Sámi prison op-art autoethnography

Davy, Jack (2018) Lars Hætta’s miniature world: Sámi prison op-art autoethnography. Journal of Material Culture, 23 (3). pp. 280-294. ISSN 1359-1835

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This article examines a collection of miniature objects, now held in museum collections, which were originally made by a Sámi political prisoner in Norway during the mid-19th century as part of an educational programme. The author draws on recent developments in the theory of miniaturization to consider these miniatures as examples of prison op-art autoethnography: communicative devices which seek to address broad and complex social issues through the process of the creation and distribution of semiophorically functionless mimetic objects of reduced scale and complexity, and which reflect the restrictions of incarcerated artistic expression and the questions this raises regarding authenticity and hybridity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 09:14
DOI: 10.1177/1359183517745716

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