Sebastien Tixier was born in 1980 in a small town in central France. He now lives and works in Paris, France. Trained as an engineer, but fascinated by his father’s camera during his childhood, he finally turned into a self-taught independent photographer in 2007. His work ranges from staged photographs in studio to landscapes and documentaries about the globalization and its impacts – culture, environment. His photographs have been awarded by various prices and exhibited in festival or galleries across Europe.
Allanngorpoq, his latest work to date, synthesizes one year and a half of preparation (documenting, making contacts, and learning the language) and immersion in Greenland. This artistic photo report captures the evolution of both a changing territory and its people. The book from this work has been published on December 2014 and is prefaced by Stéphane Victor.
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Over the last few decades, Greenland’s society has undergone profound evolution. Thus, as the environment shifts, its people begin to embrace Western lifestyles and modes of consumption in parallel. Supermarkets, churches and cell phones are slowly making their way into Inuit culture. For the teenagers in the major towns the memories of seal hunting trips are long gone. And when they still occur in the northernmost dwellings, the traditional outfits made from animal hides mix with modern fabrics, and boats are used in combination with sledges.
These radical and rapid changes raise questions about society and identity, and divide public opinion in Greenland. Its people are torn between a desire to catch up with the modern world, and a feeling that they are an ice population which, like the ice itself, is slowly melting away.
“Allanngorpoq” in Greenlandic can be translated as “being transformed”.