Book festival

with Britta Marakatt-Labba

10 february, kl 14-16

Café Pampas

Welcome to the book celebration on February 10th at 2 PM with Britta Marakatt-Labba at Havremagasinet!

The new book, titled Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar/Embroidered Worlds, explores the art of the Sámi artist Britta Marakatt-Labba. “Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar” is a generous and comprehensive monograph that traces Marakatt-Labba’s artistic journey from 2010 to the present. Join us at the book celebration at Havremagasinet for a book presentation, reading, and a conversation between the artist herself, artist/writer Lena Ylipää, and editor/writer Jan-Erik Lundström. The event will also feature a yoik performance by Lars Henrik Blind, followed by a book signing. “Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar” will be available for purchase at a special price during the book launch.


‘Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar/Embroidered Worlds’ is the new book about Britta Marakatt-Labba’s work. ‘Broderade berättelser’ (2010) followed her art from her debut in the late 1970s until 2010. The new monograph ‘Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar’ guides you through Britta Marakatt-Labba’s remarkable art, with a special focus on the years from 2011 until today.

‘Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar/Embroidered Worlds’ is a generous, comprehensive, and beautiful hardcover book of over 220 pages, reproducing more than ninety artworks by Marakatt-Labba, with a significant emphasis on the production of recent years across over 130 image pages. The book also includes a series of poems by the Sami-Swedish poet Linnea Axelsson, an insightful conversation between the artist herself and the writer/artist Lena Ylipää, as well as three newly written essays – by the Sami-Norwegian cultural researcher Britt Kramvig, the Inuit curator and art researcher Heather Igloliorte, and the art historian and writer, also the book’s editor, Jan-Erik Lundström – sharing insights, perspectives, and knowledge about Britta Marakatt-Labba’s carreer. ‘Sággan mailmmit/Broderade världar/Embroidered Worlds’ is fully trilingual – Sami, Swedish/Norwegian, and English.



Porträtt Britta Marakatt Labba. Fotograf: Elisabeth Olsson

about the artist

Britta Marakatt-Labba (born in 1951) grew up in a reindeer herding family in the Saarivuoma Sámi village. She began her artistic career in 1979 after completing her studies at the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. Early on, she and other newly educated Sámi artists worked to build and establish a Sámi artists’ organization. Today, Britta lives and works in Övre Soppero and has been an active artist for over 40 years.

Her major international breakthrough came in 2017 when her twenty-four meters long embroidery, “Historja,” was showcased at the contemporary art exhibition Documenta 14. For her art and artistic accomplishments, she has received several awards and cultural prizes, including the Illis Quorum (2017), the Stig Dagerman Prize (2019), and the Prince Eugen Medal (2020). In 2022, she participated in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale, and in 2024, her large retrospective “Sylkvasse Stygn” will be shown at the National Museum in Oslo.