2017 EDITION — NUUK
17/07/2017 – 13/08/2017
Hors Pistes third residency is happing now in Nuuk, Greenland!
Greenland is an island with limited natural resources and a harsh climate. The artisanal techniques take into account geographical constraints. The Inuit culture is deeply connected to its land. The craftsmen findtheir inspiration in nature and mostly work with materials such as stone, wood, soil, wool, skin, and bones of hunted animals (e.g. seal and reindeer). The Inuit crafts developed accordingly to the nomadic traditional lifestyle, alongside with the hunting and fishing practices but also to the animist beliefs.
Today, Inuit traditions are threatened. Already altered during the last century by the various exchanges with the Western regions, they keep being transformed with globalisation. Originally essential for survival, fishing and hunting practices are less and less used. This gradual disappearance endangers the attached craft techniques, such as animal skin transformation or traditional kayak making.
With its third residency “Nuuk 2017”, Hors Pistes aims to initiate encounters with Greenlandic culture, replace human exchanges at the heart of the creative processes, and propose new applications for traditional craft techniques.
Économusée Kittat—Greenlandic traditional costume makers, Kim Kleist Eriksen—Tupilak sculptor, Kajak making workshop, Lisbeth Karline Poulsen—artist, Kristine Spore Kreutzmann—Ceramist, and Lena Augusta Olsen—Ceramist.
Simón Ballen Botero (CO), Pauline Clocher (FR), Coralie Gourguechon (FR), Jenna Kaës (FR), LeviSarha (BE/CH), and Ragna Ragnarsdottir (IS).
INVITED EDITORIAL TEAM
Clelia Coussonnet (FR)—curator, art editor, and writer, Clément Faydit (FR)—graphic designer, and Alexandros Simopoulos (GR)—artist and illustrator.
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