Emerging Photography Contender: Sebastien Tixier

For Allanngorpoq, French photographer Sebastien Tixier documents the sweeping metamorphosis of landscape and culture in Greenland, where Inuit tradition once thrived. 

Writes Tixier in his Artist Statement, “As the environment shifts, Greenland’s people begin to embrace Western lifestyles and modes of consumption in parallel. Supermarkets, churches and cell phones are slowly making their way into Inuit culture. For the teenagers in the major towns the memories of seal hunting trips are long gone. And when they still occur in the northernmost dwellings, the traditional outfits made from animal hides mix with modern fabrics, and boats are used in combination with sledges.”

“These radical and rapid changes raise questions about society and identity, and divide public opinion in Greenland. Its people are torn between a desire to catch up with the modern world, and a feeling that they are an ice population which, like the ice itself, is slowly melting away. ‘Allanngorpoq’ in Greenlandic can be translated as ‘being transformed.’”

All images © Sebastien Tixier

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