Through his artwork, he asks how colonial heritage has
changed Indigenous lives and landscapes, both of the Saemie and other
Indigenous peoples. Through the struggle to revitalize his mother tongue,
the South Saemie language, Colbengtson works with visual art, using Saemie
history and collective memory as the source for his art. He is continuously
experimenting with new forms of media and material, from overlay glass and
metal printing to etching and digital art forms. This way, he seeks to assemble
a language to formulate the loss but also rejuvenation of Saemie identity.
Colbengtson is also the initiator of one of the first art
residencies for Indigenous artists: “Sápmi salasta -Sápmi embraces." He
has been working as artist since 1991, and as Indigenous curator since 2016.
He has exhibited in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Faroeisland,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Japan,
Norway, Russia, Spain, Swiss, Sweden and the United States. Colbengtson is
represented in the new Nationalmuseum in Oslo, Norway, as well as the
Norwegian Sami parliament.