Moving from Greenland is just as much an adjustment as moving to Greenland. The everyday of Greenland is certainly not the normal of many other places down south. What’s one physical change? Icebergs become trees.
Mia Lindenhann from Ilulissat is an artist who moved to Denmark, and has thought alot about these ‘plants that fill the air’. This is her take:
I’m used to a free landscape, walking in between houses where there are no fences; and in nature where there are no paths.
Trees are so fascinating for me. They amaze me. When you cannot move forward because there are trees in your way, it is just so weird.
I remember when I was four years old and just came out of the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark. I heard a loud sound that I did not recognise. I asked my mum what that was, and she pointed up. It was the wind between the trees.
It was a plant growing high up in the sky, and also growing sideways, filling up the air.
Trees, they take up place. When I used to walk in the forest, I felt that the trees surrounding me were almost falling upon me. They filled the air and the sky so much that I felt claustrophobic.
The nature grows so slow in Greenland that trees do not grow up in the air. They don’t get as big and strong as in other countries. Even now, decades later, I’m still not used to these plants that grow up in the air. I’m used to walking freely. Trees are beautiful though, also in the winter. But weird.
On the other hand, icebergs are as common as grass for me. I grew up in Ilulissat, where icebergs were just always there. I was so shocked as a small child when I found out that there are not icebergs everywhere, even in Greenland.
Open landscape, and icebergs, they are my tall trees in the forest.
Mia Lindenhann is exhibiting her first solo exhibition at Ilulissat Art Museum until the 27th July 2015… so if you just happen to be there, check it out =)