I traveled to Greenland at the beginning of 2013, staying with the local inhabitants of the towns and the northernmost dwellings I encountered. I journeyed from 67° to the 77th parallel north until Qaanaaq, after one year and a half of preparation, with the aim of recording these changes on film.
Greenland is, undeniably, suffering the effects of climate change. Over the last few decades, its society has undergone profound evolution. Thus, as the environment shifts, its people begin to embrace Western lifestyles and modes of consumption in parallel. Today, the questions surrounding Greenland extend far beyond its geographical frontiers. In these starkly different landscapes, supermarkets and cell phones are slowly making their way into Inuit culture, and traditional outfits made from animal hides are now only used in the North for sled journeys. Tradition and technology are blending together, and the extent to which lifestyles differ on this territory is considerable.
These radical and rapid changes raise questions about society and identity, and divide public opinion in Greenland, as illustrated by the last elections. 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”
Translation from French: Jennifer Le Carluer