Siku ajorpoq – the ice is no good
A photo exhibition by Ragnar Axelsson and Carsten Egevang
2/11 2019 – 8/3 2020
“Siku ajorpoq” really sums up the effect of climate change in the Arctic!
In a single, 2-word sentence, the consequence of a warmer climate for the indigenous people of the high North is stated.
The two photographers Ragnar Axelsson (ICE) and Carsten Egevang (DK) have through decades each documented the living conditions for people living in the Arctic.
Where the rest of the World is expressing concern for a changing climate through knowledge obtained by complicated models and statistics, with predictions reaching decades into the future, it is different for the Inuit. Climate change is now! As described by one of the Greenlandic hunters:
“Every year the ice situation changes. We cannot predict when the ice becomes accessible anymore. Not long ago the sea ice would ’set’ in November and not brake-up until July. That is not the case anymore.”
Through evocative black and white photography, the audience catches a rare glimpse of the daily existence and living conditions of the inhabitants of the most remote parts of Greenland. An existence with a strong bond with, and dependence from, the surrounding Arctic nature, and where traditional lifestyle centered on hunting still dominates.
The two photographers manages to draw the attention of the viewer into the harsh and imposing landscapes of Greenland, and unfold the intimate interplay between man and nature.