In early 2013, I went into a one-month stay in Greenland, sharing life with some of its inhabitants, up to the northernmost settlements. A trip from 67° to 77° parallel on the way up to Qaanaaq, with the aim to highlight the current mutations.
From the very first place, the country undergoes the effects of climate changes, and witnesses deep transformations of its society since the latest decades: the modification of the environment thus operates along with a growing openness to “occidental” lifestyles and consumption habits. The questions that are raised today in Greenland go far beyond its boundaries.
In some incredibly diverse landscapes, supermarkets and mobile phones come into Inuit culture, and skin-made traditional outfits are no longer used but at the very north for dogsledge trips. These strong and fast changes question society and identity, and divide the country’s opinion as seen in the last elections: between the will to follow what seems to be the rail of History, and the feeling to be the people of the ice, melting away all the same.
Allanngorpoq can be translated into “being transformed” from Greenlandic.
Sebastien Tixier (www.sebtix.com) Born in 1980 in a small town in France, I now live and work in Paris, France. In 2007 I start as a self-taught photographer. My photographs of staged scenes are rewarded by the 1st price for European Festival of Nude Photography in 2009, followed up by an exposition in Brussels, Belgium. The new photographs of this body of work are awarded in 2011 and 2013 at the Px3 Price. In parallel, my other works are exhibited in Paris and London from 2010. Allanngorpoq (2013) is my latest work to date.