Fredrik Prost

Fredrik Prost is a Sami artisan and handicraftsman from Viikusjávri, a small village in the northernmost part of Sweden, 300 kilometres above the arctic circle.

Prost currently lives and work in Kiruna, the northernmost town of Sweden. His traditional upbringing, in a reindeer herding family of skilled artisans and handicraftsman, inspired, and taught him to make beautiful Sami objects of art. Since the age of 15, he has been using the tools of his ancestors to craft traditional Sami knives, drums, bowls and cups, jewellery, and more. In 2001 he went on to study for three years in Jåhkåmåhkke/Jokkmokk at Sámij åhpadusguovdás (the Sami Educational Centre), to hone his abilities. At this school he learned from the foremost Sami artisans of the older generation.

His work has been displayed at major galleries and institutions all over the world such as the National Art Gallery of Canada and The University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI). He has received many notable awards such as the Asa Kitok Award at the 2016 Jokkmokk Winter Market and 1st Place during the Knifeweek in Ludvika Sweden in 2013. He is also a member of the Sami artists guild of Scandinavia.

Following his extensive work with the Sami shaman drum for the last two decades he has also been teaching the craft of making the traditional Sami drum to other Sami. This work also involves lecturing about the spiritual traditions of the Sami people, and writing a book about Sami shamanism and drums. In recent years he has also done work in graphic design, including the graphic identity and booklet for the Sámi pavilion during the Venice biennale of 2022, as a collaboration with Inga-Wiktoria Påve and Hans Gremmen.

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