In Voices from the Arctic, contemporary Inuit art provides a new perspective on the consequences of climate change.The exhibition features 20 artists from mainly Arctic Canada but also Greenland, who through sculpture and artwork reflect the special living conditions that prevail in the Arctic. The works testify to a common concern about ongoing changes in climate and environment.
The artworks, which are from the years 1961–2020, with an emphasis on the 21st century, are part of the Swiss Museum Cerny, one of the world's largest collections of Inuit art founded by Peter and Martha Cerny in the 1990s. From the beginning, the collection consisted of art from Arctic Canada, but today works from other Arctic regions are also included, making the collection extensive and unique.
The origin of the collections in Museum Cerny can be traced back to a collection of Canadian Inuit artwork that found its way to Switzerland. The provenance research resulted in admiration and fascination with the culture and holistic philosophy of the people, expressed in different forms and materials, but also with the realities of life in the Arctic. Numerous visits to the North led to an increasing awareness of the challenges the residents must deal with, among them the effects of climate change. Therefore, it is not surprising that the collection has grown to include works that mirror these changes in the environment, often illustrated by the Sedna legend. The challenges in the Arctic are not foreign to any of us, as we are also confronted with them in our own surroundings. Climate change knows no borders.
The exhibition is curated by Martha Cerny, Museum Director at Museum Cerny in Bern and Selma Green, County Art Museum Director at Konstmuseet i Norr.