Tuurngaq

 

 

 

 

 

Never can we free ourselves from what surrounds us, we can only adapt or leave.

 

Tuurngaq was originally a rather benevolent spirit that the Inuit could call upon when in need. With Christianity, this spirit, freed from its original role, was assimilated to a demon. These few images are a search for traces left by Tuurngaq. This is a naive effort to illustrate the impact of freedom on the contemporary Inuit society of Greenland and as a parallel, how freedom, like Tuurngaq, at first desirable, may become malignant. These images attempt to document the price associated with such a freedom obtained at the expense of Nature herself.

 

Oil patch, Freedom from want.
Oil patch, Freedom from want.

All heating is now produced from a Power House burning oil, oil that sometimes slowly but irreversibly infiltrates the water sources of the community

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The Life Line, Freedom from want
The Life Line, Freedom from want

Dirty water is evacuated without any effort,

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The Power House, Freedom from want
The Power House, Freedom from want

The Power House looks over everything as a King over its kingdom

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Entrance to clean water, Freedom fro
Entrance to clean water, Freedom fro

Water is now available all year round, clean and exempt from disease

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Jailed in themselves, Freedom from w
Jailed in themselves, Freedom from w

The fishing boats die one after the other, mainly used by tourists to encounter dying icebergs now that the food is served on supermarket's racks.

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Texaco 69, Freedom of speech
Texaco 69, Freedom of speech

You may denounce your main source of energy without any risk, and still be unbearable light.

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