Contemporary Sámi artist Anders Sunna, born in 1985, grew up in Kiruna. He lives and works in Jokkmokk, Sweden. Sunna studied fine arts at the Konstfack College of Arts in Stockholm during 2006–09 and at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in 2004–06. Sunna’s art is explicitly political, speaking out about discrimination against the Sámi people through depicting the history of his own family in Pajala, northern Sweden. In his paintings, Sunna examines stereotypes of the Sámi as well as the general public’s ignorance of Sámi culture. In his artistic work, Sunna combines painting with collage and street art techniques.
KulttuuriKauppila’s summer exhibition brought us the exhibition Colonialism Inc. by Anders Sunna, who prepared the exhibition’s main piece, also called Colonialism Inc., during his residency at KulttuuriKauppila in April 2016. The piece Colonialism Inc. invites the Sámi to unite as one nation regardless of national borders. This exhibition also included Sunna’s sculpture and paintings. His graffiti piece Night Colours was first seen in August 2016 on the atelier-building wall at the KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. During his residency, Sunna was inspired by the environment and light summer nights in Ii.