2017 - Ongoing
Uummannaq, Qaasuitsup, Greenland
Nature dictates the rhythm of life in the mountain village of Uummannaq, an island off the coast of Greenland. Living off the grid, the Inuit inhabitants have always relied on fishing and hunting. But now that the climate is changing, their traditional lifestyle is under threat.
Photographer Lukas Kreibig was born in Southern Germany, close to the Swiss mountains. He was struck by the beauty of Uummannaq’s nature and by the way the people live in harmony with their surroundings. It’s a life unhampered and free, but at the same time, totally isolated and extremely restricted. He went there to photograph the children in the world’s northernmost children’s home that is based in Uummannaq, but found that the well-maintained facility and international people could not explain why the children had been sent to the home in the first place—for example, because of the alcoholism and high suicide rates within the community. Kreibig decided to leave the home and put his inner voice and feelings about the place in his photographs. For countless generations, the Inuit who reside here have relied on their natural surroundings to survive. The effects from global warming on this coastal town were apparent, with instances like the sea ice melting too early, threatening the culture of the Inuit. What have the children left behind? And will they ever be able to reconnect to their melting traditions and roots?