Arctic Spleen is a self-funded project.
A comprehensive work that offers a different social perspective over the
3.000 Inuits community on the east coast of Greenland. One of the currently lesser
known societies, discovered and rescued by sure extinction only in 1894.
Since 2009 I have been photographing and filming in east Greenland trying to paint the social, cultural and environmental landscape of the region and its community, focusing on the phenomenon that has earned this place an enviable record.
Arctic Spleen is a personal intimate journey inside the
Greenlandic juvenile world where nature, violence, boredom and a
strong cultural legacy have been claiming for decades the highest
and saddest "toll". That of hundreds of young lives.
In east Greenland twenty percent of youths aged between 15 and 25 try to end their lives every year. Two percent of them succeed.
It's the highest juvenile suicide rate in the world.
A mirror on the fears of a huge part of young Greenlanders inclined to commit suicide.
A delicate exploration of the subtle and intimate war many young people fight against violence, boredom and emptiness, a struggle that has always been the “raison d’etre” of young generations, the difference being that in east Greenland many of them lose that battle.
Suicide here is experienced differently from the rest of the world. It's not perceived as the ultimate desperate act of a single person but considered an exit strategy deeply ingrained in the local culture. It was the ancient manner of solving problems, distortedly handed down over generations.
"This work immediately transformed into an intimate experience,
a story of friends.
I wanted to follow my instincts, letting myself be guided by the deep empathy established with these people. In an instinctive, intimate, respectful and not bulky manner.
Everything was done by me alone, without any crew, experiencing the everyday using a small videocamera as an extension of my feelings to record what I observed, heard and felt."
Upaluk Poppel, Inuit Circumpolar Youth Council
Size: 17x22 cm
Pictures: 136 Black_White
Paper: Munken Lynx 150gr
Printing: Duotone Offset
Language: English + Italian
Book project: 3/3
First edition: 2013
The documentary is being edited at the moment.
It should be available by June 2013.
New York Photo Festival Invitational (2012)
Adana Short Film Festival (2012)
Skepto Film Festival (2012)
PDN Photo Annual (2011)
Collecchio Film Festival (2011)
19th Ozu Film Festival (2011)
Los Angeles Times - Best of the web