December 18, 2015
On view Jan. 22 through April 24
The predominant stereotype of the Arctic is that it is a place untouched. Portraits of Place breaks open the idea of a pristine landscape and replaces it with a North that is both inhabited and complex. Within this context, the artists in this exhibition examine the Arctic through contemporary photography that conveys a sense of place through human impact and lifeways. These portraits explore the Arctic in Alaska, Greenland, Norway, Canada and Russia in the work of Olaf Otto Becker, Brian Adams, Tiina Itkonen, Evgenia Arbugaeva and Acacia Johnson.
Portraits In Place featured artist
Brian Adams deeply examines a North in transition. An Anchorage-based editorial and commercial photographer, he specializes in environmental portraiture and medium-format photography.
Adams is a prolific contributor to the museum’s Polar Lab, with work documenting Alaska Native villages showcased in galleries across the United States and featured in both national and international publications.
His first book of photography, I Am Alaskan, was published in October 2013 by the University of Alaska Press. His latest project, I Am Inuit, aspires to connect the world with the Arctic and with Alaskan Inuit (Inupiat, Yup’ik, Cup’ik and St. Lawrence Island Yupik) by illuminating a shared humanity.