With just over two weeks to go, photographers Dennis Lehmann and Lasse Bak Mejlvang are using Kickstarter to fund a photobook project that they have been working on for the past year. The book, titled “Inuit Now”, documents what it means to be Inuit in Greenland today. Lehmann and Mejlvang set out to eradicate any media influenced perceptions of life in the massive country by traveling to two different areas of Greenland. By juxtaposing images of the traditional ways of life found in Tasiusaq with the rapidly growing youth culture in Greenland’s fastest growing city of Sisimiut, they have created a visually cohesive and intriguing collection of images covering countless elements of Greenland’s culture. They explain on their Kickstarter site, “‘Inuit Now’ is a long-term photography project aimed at documenting the undocumented; telling stories about modern-day Inuits. In recent years the Arctic region has drawn international attention due to the possible finding of natural resources. But while stories about oil fields, rising sea levels and mines have been plentiful, there has been almost no attention towards the region’s most important resource; the Inuits”.
Text by Canbra Hodsdon
(Originally written for Juxtapoz Magazine online)