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Aesthetics is the study of the sensible in the sensuous. In judging sensitivity and sense-making, aesthetics becomes a subject of ethical and political debate. The Arctic is traditionally aestheticized as a uniformly frozen and wild clime, with its people depicted from the Western perspective as exotic Others and subjected to certain colonial and commercial practices. To achieve a contemporary image of the politics of Arctic aesthetics, the chapter undertakes a case study of the video artwork Grind (2011) by Jenni Hiltunen, criticized as an instance of cultural appropriation of the indigenous Sámi people. The analysis extends the Arctic beyond its geographically defined borders into a realm marked by Othering, marginality, appropriation, colonialism and a particular political economy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Studies of the Arctic
Subtitle of host publicationUnravelling the North
EditorsMarjo Lindroth, Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, Monica Tennberg
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-11120-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-11119-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • arctic

Field of science

  • International political science


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