Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel with art by Sámi artist Marja Helander

Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel with art by Sámi artist Marja Helander

The second exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada’s series of presentations of contemporary international Indigenous art, features works by more than 70 artists identifying with almost 40 Indigenous Nations, ethnicities and tribal affiliations from 16 countries, including Canada.

8.11.2019 – 5.4.2020

National Gallery of Canada; Special Exhibitions Galleries and Public Spaces

380 Sussex Drive

National Gallery of Canada


Àbadakone animates both galleries and public spaces with art in all media, including performance art, video and commissioned installations, complemented by a dynamic program of workshops, performances, film screenings, talks, and more.

Among the featured work is Marja Helander's short film 'Birds in the Earth'. Marja Helander  (b. 1965) is a Sámi photographer, video artist and film-maker with roots both in Helsinki and Utsjoki. In her work, she has studied various themes including her own identity between the Finnish and the Sámi culture. Since 1992, Helander’s work has been exhibited in two dozen solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. 

Building on themes of continuity, activation, and relatedness, this exhibition explores the creativity, concerns and vitality of Indigenous art from virtually every continent. Àbadakone is led by National Gallery of Canada curators Greg A. Hill, Christine Lalonde and Rachelle Dickenson, with consulted curators Candice Hopkins, Ariel Smith and Carla Taunton, as well as a team of advisors from around the globe.

Àbadakone on National Gallery's website

Marja Helander's website