Greenland

October 28, 2010 Comments Off on Greenland

If you know me in real life, you know about my fascination with Greenland. Stories like that of Tété-Michel Kpomassie, who as a child, found a book about “eskimos” in a missionary library in Toga, and set out in his teenage years to travel all the way to Greenland, never cease to amaze me. I just found out that there was an exhibition last fall at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, presenting artistic responses to Kpomassie’s book, curated by Jean Barberis and Michelle Levy. What a great idea! (I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first.)

It’s the size of the island, the incredible landscape, the people and animals, the northern lights, the winter darkness, and probably its remoteness that has appealed to me ever since I was a child (okay, maybe it also has to do with the fact that Peter Hoeg’s book Smilla […] was my favourite read as a 13-year-old, and I can still quote from that).

Not too long ago I read this article in Vice Magazine about the high suicide rate among Greenlandic teenagers and discovered a young Danish photojournalist with Greenlandic roots, Camilla Stephan, who published a great looking book about her family in Greenland. I haven’t had the chance to get a copy of the book, but the photos on the website look incredible.

Speaking of incredible pictures, a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic NY Times photojournalism blog Lens posted a set of pictures from Greenland, mainly domestic scenes, by photographer Andrea Gjestvang. Enjoy the set in full screen!

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