How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic
The Greenlandic language—famous for its many words for snow—expresses the Arctic ecosystem better than the writings of any climate scientist. It is indispensable for our understanding of the environment, yet UNESCO declares it to be in danger of extinction. Nancy Campbell’s How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic, which won the Birgit Skiöld Award in 2013, offers an evocative introduction to this Arctic language. All twelve letters of the Greenlandic alphabet are represented with words ranging from eqisimarput (‘we walk arm in arm as lovers’) to kinguneqartarpoq (‘he drinks a second brew from old coffee grounds or tea leaves’). The words are accompanied by a series of pochoir prints depicting icebergs. As in contemporary Arctic life, the denouement is caused by the disappearance of the ice. These stunning illustrations can be seen as part of our digital installations throughout the festival.