#Tjaetsie / knowhowknow

Sissel M Bergh

Biennale of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

"We have lived with and off the sea for thousands of years – how is this relationship changing? Contemporary ways of human living have far-reaching consequences for other forms of life. Violence is at the core of our economic relationship with fish, animals and plants and is widely acknowledged as unavoidable and unproblematic. The old protector, the goddess of our ocean Gorrijh gujne / spawning lady, is watching. We have forgotten to listen. Birredh birredh dallah: Please come now to our rescue."

Sissel M Bergh is a Sami film maker and artist who explores knowledge systems and their relationship to the physical world in which we live. Tjaetsie is a visual and sonic journey into the aquatic world that has nourished Sami people for thousands of years. Journeying below the surface of the ocean, Bergh’s film shifts the frame to explore worlds otherwise invisible to us, inviting us to listen to Gorriijh guine, goddess of the ocean. As part of this political and poetic engagement with the ocean we meet the creatures who live in and around it, as well as fishermen, scientists, fish farmers, and boat builders. A soundtrack by composer Maja Solveig Kjeldstrup Ratkje utilises recordings made from 200 metres below the surface.


  • Title: #Tjaetsie / knowhowknow
  • Creator: Sissel M Bergh
  • Date Created: 2017
  • Location Created: Cockatoo Island
  • Physical Dimensions: 18:02 mins
  • Provenance: Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from Office of Contemporary Art Norway. Courtesy the artist.
  • Type: video
  • Rights: Biennale of Sydney
  • Medium: single-channel digital video, colour, sound
  • Edition: 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020): NIRIN

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