ART IN POLITICs
In the political seventies, which at first culminated with the introduction of the Home Rule Government in 1979, the role of art changes. For example, art is used to display a specific Greenlandic attitude (face) to the outside world.
The right to the areas of land in the Arctic regions is reasoned in a natural sense of belonging to the earth, the sea and the sky. Not surprisingly, much of the art from that period in Greenland is about the relation between human and nature.
Artists such as Aka Høegh (1947-) and Anne-Birthe Hove (1954-2012) are and were representatives of this movement.
The works of Anne-Birthe Hoves contain clear political elements, while Aka Høegh mainly works with nature and motives of myth in a predominantly aesthetic way.
In the same way we see the performance artist Jessie Kleemann (1959-) as a somewhat different artist. She circles around the qivittok, as a phenomenon and state of mind and she focuses on the process of development, which the Greenlandic hunting society still finds itself in, as a theme.
A DESIRE TO EXPRESS
In today’s self-governing Greenland new exponents are in play. For example artists such as Julie Edel Hardenberg (1971-), Miki Jakobsen (1965-), Inuk Silis Høegh (1972-), Bolatta Silis-Høegh (1981-), Angu Motzfeldt (1976-), Gukki Willsen Møller (1965-), Nanna Ánike Nikolajsen (1981-) and Paninnguaq Lind Jensen (1990-), whose work of art you can peek into, in the video below.
They represent a group of young artists who dissociate themselves from what has normally been perceived as a traditional Greenlandic scene of art.
To a greater extend they associate themselves with the trends of the international art scene.
This, however, does not mean that they loose their connection with Greenland or their cultural background.
Generally speaking, they have something on their mind and they demonstrate what art in Greenland is about. The new generation of artists also play with the country’s existing prejudices concerning history, culture and identity, prejudices that also exist in Greenland.
They expand and blast them, in order to show the world the diversity of Greenland!