THE GREEN LAND
An eerie landscape stretches itself over the screen. The lichen seems to glow and flicker, overexposed by the sharp sunlight. Too green to be real – or is it? It could be the purest land in the world, or it could be toxic, unnatural or supernatural. - David Winfield Norman
“The Green Land” by Inuk Silis Høegh is a land art project in four stages, representing each of the four elements of the earth: earth, water, fire, air.
All four works are set in Greenland’s nature, and they explore man’s intervention with nature in a time where global environmental issues are knocking on Greenland’s door like never before.
The Arctic is known all over the world for its pristine environment, and the people of the Arctic are believed to be living in a sustainable pact with nature. However, Greenlanders are still part of the modern world, and we consume commercial products and technology like westerners in Europe or America. Are we only upholding this alleged pact with nature on account of us being so few, and the nature so vast?
In an ambitious land art project, renowned Greenlandic filmmaker and visual artist Inuk Silis Høegh applies his creative vision to Greenland's diverse nature. The rugged mountains, deep fjords, majestic ice and lush lowlands all take centre stage, as Silis Høegh intervenes, rearranges, applies colour and adds smoke in an effort to question for how long the Arctic nature will remain untouched.
The images are haunting, almost surreal, but the realness and authenticity in the textures are not to be ignored: No computer generated effects are used in the making of any of the fours works!
"Green Land" opens up for contemplation on the Arctic in a global context. It triggers the viewer's imagination and conception. And on a different level, it initiate a conversation about art, and its viewer. The four works were right there in the open nature. But only for as long as it took the cameras to document them. Then, everything was put neatly back into place.
Financed by: Government of Greenland, Sermeq Fonden, Nordic Culture Point, Nuna Fonden, The Nordic Institute in Greenland, Danish Arts Foundation, The Nordic Culture Fund, Sonning-Fonden.
Director / Artist: Inuk Silis Høegh
Producer: Emile Hertling Péronard
Field Recordings and Sound Design: Jacob Kirkegaard
Director of Cinematography: Ulannaq Ingemann
Website and social media interaction: Arild Midtbø Kalseth, Erlik Pluss
Special effects: Espen Fredrik Lunde, Arild Midtbø Kalseth
Assistant: Ole Iversen