The series ‘You Winter, let’s get divorced’ (2007-08) is made in northern Canada, Nunavut, in the Inuit settlement of Igloolik. I spent four months in this arctic village and worked together with the local community to make this series. One period was during fall when the sea ice was freezing in, a lot of stormy weather and the skies could be heavily grey. And the other time was during spring when it almost never got dark and when I traveled together with an Inuit hunters family on their sledge over the sea ice.
Snow igloo with the yellow ropes of the local hunters wrapped around them, like a drawing by Mario Merz.
Four caribou antlers sticking out of the sea ice during high tide. Due to global warming, Inuit hunters have seen the population of caribou decline.
Lemonade Igloo, 2007
An igloo made of frozen lemonade blocks. One of the old Inuit builders is leaning against it in his wolf outfit. The younger generation in the Inuit settlement of Igloolik is living a more Western lifestyle, drinking canned drinks and lemonade. The older people still follow a traditional lifestyle and are able to survive in the Arctic because they know how to build igloos out of ice.
Palm Tree, 2008
The 12-metre-long intestine of a ringed seal, that has just been captured and eaten by the Inuit and me. Inuit hunters use every part of the seal, except for the teeth and intestines.
My White Night, 2008
A white moon on a sled dragged by huskies over the horizon in the middle of the polar night.
Polar Bear, 2007
At a temperature of minus 25 degrees Celsius, a naked woman is wrapped in the skin of a polar bear with her bare legs sticking out. A reflection on Rodin’s Le Penseur.
120 x 150 cm (edition 6)
100 x 125 cm (edition 6)
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