Canfor Gallery – January 22nd to April 4th, 2021
In Conversations with Landscapes: 45 Days in Oqaatsut, Montreal artist Lenka Novakova builds an immersive environment inspired by nearly two months spent in a small coastal community on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Her days were spent observing, thinking and engaging with the contemporary life of local Inuit communities near Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Using materials related to fishing and hunting: fishing nets, sleds and seal skins, she reflects upon the Anthropocene, its increasing impact, and the significant challenges it represents to life and culture. In Conversations with Landscapes Novakova’s installation explores a fascinating array of seemingly distant landscapes and hopes to stimulate awareness of the challenges of climate change.
The project has been developed with the support of Arctic Culture Lab
Featured Artwork: Lenka Novakova, Conversations with Landscapes: 45 Days in Oqaatsut (detail), 2020. Photograph.