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

Jack Davy

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This article examines a collection of miniature objects, now held in museum collections, which were originally made by a Sámi political prisoner in Norway during the mid-19th century as part of an educational programme.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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-294
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Issue number3
Early online date30 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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