PHOTOGRAPHER TIINA ITKONEN IN SEARCH FOR ULTIMA THULE IN GREENLAND
The Arctic environment has fascinated tourists, adventurers, traders and whalers since ancient times. The photographer Tiina Itkonen has depicted polar people and landscape for almost two decades in her travels to Greenland. In November, Korjaamo Galleria showcases images of the landscape project from years 2005–2010. During her travels, Itkonen has been looking for her own Ultima Thule, place in Far North.
Greenland's landscape is barren and cold. Untamed nature begins almost from the home door, and the landscape transforms in the movement of floating icebergs. Nothing looks the same today and tomorrow. Moving in the landscape of Greenland is not easy, there are no roads between villages. Travelling is possible only in right weather conditions. Locals say "immaqa agaqu," maybe tomorrow.
The lack of haste and the peace of the landscape have compelled the artist to return to Greenland again and again. The images of Itkonen display the inevitability of the cycle of life, as well as the timelessness of moments. The images are taken in places where the artist has spent a lot of time, studying the landscape in the evening, in moonlight and in snowfall. There Itkonen waits for the right moment, sometimes for hours, sometimes several days.
For Itkonen, the photographing project in Greenland is a longing for a faraway place. The artist wanted to experience the existence in such barren and cold environment. She was fascinated how people always have time for each other and nobody is ever in a rush. In her travels she has learned to live in an instant, without schedules, day by day.
In the gallery’s studio space Itkonen screens a video of an elder called Taateraaq, who tells stories about his childhood. Taateraaq lives in the distant village of Savissivik. The nearest neighbouring village is located 200 km away.
Tiina Itkonen (b. 1968) graduated from the University of Art and Design in 2002, and she lives and works in Helsinki. Itkonen is known from the group of Finnish photographers called the Helsinki School. Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad.
|Venue :||Korjaamo Galleria|
|Time :||09.11.2012 - 02.12.2012|
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Töölönkatu 51 B, FI – 00250 Helsinki