When Art Reflects Science
Exhibition of sculptures and photographs in room C Chamonix
Opening hours: daily from 16 - 24 June 2018 during conference times
The Cerny Inuit Collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary art from the high North, displaying works from Canada and Siberia, as well as other peoples of the circumpolar regions.
When the Inuit were nomads without means of recording their knowledge in a written form, legends and stories were the means of communicating their experiences and know how. Survival in the high North would have been impossible without this traditional knowledge. After World War II the Inuit were forced to live a sedentary life and due to their inherent talents were encouraged to make artwork.
It is said that every sculpture is telling a story. In the exhibition one can see how the artists are communicating their knowledge, demonstrating man’s place in his/her environment and reflecting scientific findings.
In addition, expressive photographs by Ida Ruchina, photographer and chairperson of the Red Cross in the autonomous region of Chukotka, Russia give a face to this remote area with her portraits of the people and landscape.
Listen to an interview that swissinfo.ch recently conducted with Martha Cerny.
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