The series “Inuit have no word for future” was photographed in the east Greenland capital Tasiilaq. Tasiilaq is only 107 years old and the development in the small village has been rather hasty. Discovert in 1884 the hunting community was suddenly catapulted into the industrial age in the first decades after World War 2. Although these changes created better living conditions and brought the comfort of western living standards, they plunged Greenland’s indigenous people into a deep identity crisis. The effects of the crisis were reflected in high alcohol consumption and crime. The series is about the disappearance of the cultural identity of the inuits due to climate change, tourism and the promises of the western lifestyle. I paid a lot of attention to artificial flowers, which are often used as decoration and also as a decoration for graves, as no flowers grow in the brutal landscape. They are for me the perfect symbol for the promises of the western world. Some of my pictures show part reportage-like pictures and in part staged pictures, photographed in the studio on large photo prints or collaged in photoshop, which present the end of an epoch as well as an exaggerated idea of material happiness. It is remarkable that the language of the Inuits has no word for “Future”.
Nikolai Frerichs: Inuit have no name for future. 14 Fotografien, Digital – Vollformat, Analog 6 x 4,5 cm. Aufgenommen in Grönland und Deutschland. Entstanden als Semesterarbeit im 6. Semester im Kurs »Freie Themen«, betreut von Prof. Linn Schröder.