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Tiina Itkonen »


Exhibition: 2 Mar – 9 Apr 2005

Synart Art Gallery

Brückenstr. 9-11
60594 Frankfurt (Main)


Inughuit Images from unconsciousness transform me back to Thule, North-West Greenland. When I close my eyes, I am in Thule and the silence is absolute. Snow reflects various shades of blue. White and turcosic icebergs create an impressive landscape. Diminishing light transforms scenery from etheric to threathening. No roads exist to take me away; I make my own tracks. No trees exist, horizon can be seen all around. I am not able to estimate distances. I am not used to see so far. Here everything happens immaqa agaqu, perhaps tomorrow. Next day it will be again immaqa agaqu. Life here is not determined by clock, but weather. During my first excursion to Greenland locals predicted that I would surely return here. This yearning to return is a peculiar madness. Now, during the third time here I try to get rid of this madness and leave it wandering it in the northern landscape, like qivitoq - without success. "Man transforms into qivitoq, runs up to mountains, lives, and finally dies there. This madness may posses even eskimos. During the storm this urge can take hold of an european." (Tuomas Vento) I travelled to Greenland for the first time in 1995. At that time, I spent time with polareskimos who live in the northernmost part of Greenland. The initial travel was followed by two successive photographing excursions, which took place in 1998 and 2002. The kindness of polar eskimos, tranquility of the glaciers and serenity of the surroundings have made me return. During my travels I have spent nearly four months in North-West Greenland. Polareskimos are the northernmost inhabitants of planet earth. Polareskimos consist of nine hundred people and they inhabit five villages: Qaanaaq, Qeqertat, Moriusaq, Savissivik and Siorapaluk. These people describe themselves as Inughuit, great and beautiful human being. Their livelihood is earned by hunting sea animals, such as seals, walruses and whales. Tiina Itkonen