When the coal is gone
In our search for answers on how to safeguard the Planet, Nomad Land seeks to explore the traditional wisdom from an artistic and inclusive point of view on these topics.
The magical and mysterious seem to have been forgotten in modern societies, though myths and imagination have been our historical connectors to the wonders of nature, as well as sources of knowledge and social cohesion. Those closer to the natural world, the animal psyche and the elements were respected members of society, taken in high esteem and consulted. They were the ones who had a deep understanding on how to abide by nature and thrive. But who is nowadays trying to see like an eagle, feel like a whale or stand like a tree? Where has our connection to nature and animals gone in the globalized world of today? Where is the awe for what’s known to be the most rare and precious thing in Universe, Life in whatever form?
The project puts voice and image to old tales, myths and superstitions, in areas where the power of nature is ever-present and inspirational. We believe that these cultural collective representations talk to the imagination and emotions of the modern individual from a much-needed cross-generational perspective.
We have to look back, yes! And find what was lost on our way to carry on with a healthy planet. But it is of equal importance that we also look at the people today taking active choices to safeguard the Planet and let ourselves be inspired.
What better way to understand our commonness than to know our tales, our myths and the lullabies we sing to our children? Those shared stories help us create our identities, values and dreams. In coastal communities of the Nordic countries similar myths and beliefs have been shaped throughout history around common fears, adventures, natural phenomena and beliefs.
In Greenland the giant kayak man Qajariaq has the seas, the waters and the winds as his domain and is able to cause storms and thunders. While the Nordic God Thor was not so much the “God of thunder” as he was the God thunder himself, personifying similar natural elements.
Through Nomad Land we talk about Greenlandic mythology and traditional knowledge connected to leading sustainable lives in accordance with nature, dwelling as much as we can towards expressing the views and concerns of Greenlanders on our present and shared climate challenges, as well as bringing forth suggestions for a sustainable future.