Images of the Arctic: Visualising Greenland as an Indigenous People and a Modern Nation

Benedikte Brincker

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This article examines the photo project and exhibition, Isi-Øje-Eye (2014), using nation building and state formation theories to cast light on the national elements of the project. It addresses the question of how visual images (photographs) are employed to unite Greenland across vast geographical distances and distinct ethnic, linguistic and socio-economic differences – in an effort to build a nation and construct a national community. In engaging with this issue, the article offers a critical perspective on the concepts of national borders and boundaries in an era of climate change. Drawing on the ecological aesthetics of nature presented by Gernot Böhme (1937–), the article uses his (re)conceptualisation of the relationship between human and nature to discuss issues relating to national borders and boundaries as they pertain to Greenland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVisual Studies
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)251-261
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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