Greenland in the center of attention

Read about the exhibition Possible Greenland - the official Danish contribution to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Official opening today with the Danish Crown Prince.

Greenland will be a new fulcrum of the world due to the current development of the Arctic region. This poses challenges and possibilities for the Greenlandic and global society. Therefore the official Danish contribution to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia - Possible Greenland - is a joint effort between Greenlandic and Danish architects and engineers to raise questions and create concrete visions for the future development of Greenland and the Greenlandic society.

Greenland is currently undergoing a dramatic paradigm shift driven by a political development towards independence, drastic climate changes and a business development potential of historic proportions.
The exhibition at the Danish Pavilion, Possible Greenland, centres on the challenges and opportunities that Greenland faces as the ice melts, vast mineral resources become accessible and new industries and urban cultures emerge.

Taking into account the unique nature of Greenland's history and culture, teams of Greenlandic and Danish architects and other parties headed by a curatorial team consisting of the internationally renowned Professor in geology at the University of Copenhagen, Minik Rosing and the young Danish architect firm NORD Architects Copenhagen have developed innovative and sustainable visions for economic, social and cultural development in Greenland. At the same time the project raises strategic questions that the Greenlanders must deal with in order to develop a sustainable society in a global world.

Head Curator Minik Rosing says:
"As technological innovations emerge and, particularly, as the Arctic sea ice dwindles, Greenland is changing its geographical and geopolitical status from a remote and inaccessible corner of the world to a centre of world trade. In this way, Greenland is imperceptibly moving from the periphery of world economic vision to the very centre of attention.

My ambition for this project has been to show Greenland as a modern nation with a long and rich cultural history - a country that has immense value to a globalised world. Greenland is not merely a repository of untapped mineral resources ready for exploitation; it offers a complex reality that may nourish us through ideas, experiences and challenges. And 'Greenlandicness' is in itself a resource that will be much in demand in the Arctic century that lies before us."

Possible Greenland also highlights a Greenland in need of solutions. Solutions that both the political and business communities are to help make possible and where those who take part, also help to set the agenda.


The exhibition
With the Possible Greenland exhibition, the Danish Architecture Centre wishes to give the audience - architects, urban planners, investors, politicians and visitors of the Biennale - an insight into Greenland as having great political, cultural and business value in a globalized world.
In our geological era, where we move from the Holocene to the Anthropocene as human impact on the Earth and its ecosystems have been realized, Possible Greenland has had the ambition to explore how architecture can contribute to the positive development of Greenland and the Greenlandic society.

"As Greenland and Denmark share centuries-old cultural and political ties, the relevance of testing architecture's capacity under the impact of the Anthropocene through building the scenario Possible Greenland seemed obvious!" says Kent Martinussen, Commissioner of the Danish Pavilion and CEO at the Danish Architecture Centre.

The exhibition at the Danish Pavilion provides a spectacular experience of 'Greenlandness' through images, film and artifacts. In different sections representing central perspectives, Possible Greenland explores the main challenges and opportunities Greenland is facing.

>> Video: Hear Curator Minik Rosing talk about Possible Greenland

>> Read more about the biennale exhibition Possible Greenland

>> Read more about the projects: Cultivating, Connecting, Inhabiting, Migrating, Comparative studies, Publication

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014