Eqqumiitsuliorneq: art or to create things that look “strange”
What an soul-uplifting weekend spent around thoughts and presense of art and history. There are two main museums in town “Ilulissat Museum” and the “Ilulissat Art Musuem”, both small but provide an interesting look into the Greenlandic history and art.
“When you look closely at the birds and animals in Inuit art, you will see that each one often has its own special character. The individual appearance of the creatures in Inuit art grows out of respect that Inuit gave to all living things.”
The Ilulissat Museum was decicated to showcasing the history of Greenland and the Greenlandic people. There were photographs, writings, short stories, objects (from small stone knives, to a life size kayak) that were used for hunting, fishing, and every day life.
The Ilulissat Art Museum is managed by Ole, who curates work from various artists and hosts artists as part of a artists residency program. My love for Inuit art only multiplies as I spend more time admiring and trying to understand their inspiration. Inuit truly tell stories of their past and their feelings through art.
“Not surprisingly the development of art follows the development of society.”
It was a little bit heartbreaking to hear from Ole that tourists overall seem less interested in the art. While a handful of visitors who researched traveling in the Arctic, seemed to be very sentiment about the opportunties to engage in cultural heritage and history, most of the stopping-by, hopped-off-a-cruise passengers were less interested in spending 10 Euro for a ticket for two museums.
In my short conversation with Ole, we were able to discuss the development of tourism in Ilulissat. His 25+ years of insight were not only fascinating, but I think important to document to understand better how tourists’ view the presense of culture and heritage in Ilulissat.