Admission with Museum Card

Jouni S. Laiti feat Kirsi Mret Paltto - Bassi muoraid vuovdi / Forest of the Sacred Trees

Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi, Rovaniemi

  • 1.3.2024–11.6.2024

Traditional Smi ways of life are set against very different contemporary values in the works of Smi artist Jouni Samuel Laiti. Laiti is a master of Smi handicraft tradition, and the aesthetic and methods of his art are based on duodji-tradition. The visiting artist of the exhibition, Kirsi Mret Paltto, in turn uses her art to examine the role of traditional Smi ideology in the contemporary context.


Laitis works discuss the feelings of insufficiency and rush caused by living in a modern industrial, fast-paced society. Laiti partakes in societal discussion with his art, highlighting the friction between nature and industrialisation. His works depict how the natural environment is being constrained by human activity. In his art Laiti also examines human emotions, like the need for intimacy. His approach is at times playful and humorous.

Kirsi Mret Paltto channels the unspoken message of the duodji-tradition in a new way. In her art she depicts the traditional Smi ideology and spirituality that is not seen in the everyday anymore. She also studies the themes of alienation, return and restoration – is it possible to restore that which has been lost?

Both artists use the duodji-tradition and its methods in their work. The exhibition features artworks ranging from small sculptures to large installations. The main materials used include reindeer antler, burrs and wood. Laiti also uses industrial materials like iron, plastic and ceramics. In contrast, Paltto combines soft materials such as wool, fabric and leather in her art.

Jouni S. Laiti (b. 1965) is an artist from Utsjoki who works and lives in Inari. In 2019, Laiti received a Masters Degree in duodji (Smi Handicraft and Applied Arts / Fine Art) from the Smi University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino, Norway. Laiti also teaches duodji at the Smi Education Institute in Inari. Laiti has participated in numerous group exhibitions and his works have been featured for example at Mntt Art Festival (2019) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (2024). Laitis works are also part of the new, permanently displayed collection at the Smi Museum and Nature Centre Siida.

Kirsi Mret Paltto (b. 1974) hails from Fierranjoki in the Tana Valley, and she has lived and worked her adult life in Karasjok in Norway. Paltto has honed her skills in duodji in various courses and at home learning from her mother. Paltto received a cultural stipend for her duodji work in 2021 from the Karasjok municipality. She is also a writer and has made several publications. Paltto was awarded the Gollegiella Award for her multifaceted efforts in promoting the Smi language.

The exhibition has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Saami Council, the municipalities of Troms and Finnmark, the Finnish-Norwegian Foundation and the Finnish Heritage Agency.

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Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi
Korundi, Lapinkvijntie 4, 96100 Rovaniemi

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