Photo Journal Monday: Corina Gamma---"Sila"
Words and Photography by Corina Gamma
Photo Edits by Xinxin Zhang
“The word “Sila”, in Greenlandic, has multiple meanings, including weather, consciousness, breath and the universe. This complex layering of concepts in the word Sila implies that humans owe respect towards their surrounding and their origin. It also suggests, that all which exists within its own time frame, is still interconnected. “
“My interest in exploring Sila, combined with a deep yearning for authenticity, led me to the world’s most northern settlements in Greenland. In this ancient Arctic landscape that breathes the past, many Inuit families to this day survive on subsistence hunting and ice fishing. The people in the Arctic have a profound understanding of their surrounding and hold decades of knowledge of climate change, which has been overlooked by the rest of the world.”
Modern and traditional artifacts there may seem familiar and yet strangely unfamiliar to an outsider. The juxtapositions are metaphorical of a culture in transition, in which the western-influences collide with their old values. These objects are reminiscent of the fleeting and fragile presence of human life there. Over the past decade, I repeatedly visited these communities to photograph and to also produce a documentary film examining the impact of global warming on indigenous Inuit communities. These photographs are diaries of my experience there.