The Arctic was nev­er con­sid­ered a place for women. Throughout his­to­ry, women have been deemed unfit to deal with the chal­lenges that come with an iso­lat­ed life in the wilder­ness. Non-indige­nous peo­ple to the Arctic have long con­cep­tu­al­ized the polar region as a bar­ren, inhos­pitable land­scape where only the tough­est of men could sur­vive. Built into this affir­ma­tion of the adven­tur­ous and engi­neer­ing nature of men is the sys­tem­at­ic refusal of women into the arc­tic world.

At the same time the Arctic has tra­di­tion­al­ly been gen­dered as fem­i­nine in the Western world. Initially, it was regard­ed a region to be con­quered and pen­e­trat­ed. Whereas this view has shift­ed in post-colo­nial times, the Arctic is still con­ceived of as fem­i­nine and is now col­lec­tive­ly imag­ined as a bar­ren, vir­gin’ land in dis­tress, in need of our pro­tec­tion. By impos­ing on it an iden­ti­ty as an object of desire, this one-sided and sim­pli­fied view is not aligned with reality. 

The project Only Barely Still aims to pro­pose a dif­fer­ent nar­ra­tive of the Arctic and its col­lec­tive imag­i­nary. By stand­ing on the axis of two mis­con­cep­tions – about the Arctic and the women in it – it wants to respect­ful­ly cap­ture their synergy. 

(2017 – ongoing)

Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Sea of Teeth with Bart Vandevijvere and Johan Tahon in Galerie 10a, Otegem, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Only Barely Still in Contretype, Brussels, 2022
Sea of Teeth, 2020
Sea of Teeth, 2020
Sarah's First Sun, 2020
Sarah's First Sun, 2020
Platåfjellet, 2020
Platåfjellet, 2020
Vei 600, 2017
Vei 600, 2017
Byrunden, 2020
Byrunden, 2020
Gruve 7, 2021
Gruve 7, 2021
Mia on The Day the News Broke, 2021
Mia on The Day the News Broke, 2021
Terhi Drawing Polar Bear Encounter, 2022
Terhi Drawing Polar Bear Encounter, 2022
Svalbard Reindeer, 2017
Svalbard Reindeer, 2017
Sarah and Nemo, 2017
Sarah and Nemo, 2017
Pyramiden, 2021
Pyramiden, 2021
Metal Dog, 2022
Metal Dog, 2022
Lena, 2022
Lena, 2022
Nybyen, 2018
Nybyen, 2018
Twilight, 2017
Twilight, 2017
Mia Outside Mine 7, 2022
Mia Outside Mine 7, 2022
Vei 238, 2018
Vei 238, 2018
Ronja at the Dog Yard, 2022
Ronja at the Dog Yard, 2022
Through the Whale's Eye, 2017
Through the Whale's Eye, 2017
Angel Wings, 2022
Angel Wings, 2022
Helipad, 2021
Helipad, 2021