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Blinded Hunt
2016-2017

project and installation, Uummannaq Polar Instituut, solo exhibition, KiK, Kolderveen and solo exhibition, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam

Central focus of Blinded Hunt was an expedition to Uumannnaq, Greenland: travelling blindfolded. Discovering without seeing, reconnecting with the non-human environment.

The installation consists of wood, textile, embroidery, drawings and glass. Accompanied by objects, photos, letter, and postcard with self-written myth.
Dimensions installation: blocks vary from 35 cm to 200 cm
collection of 24 pencil drawings, size 35 x 25 cm

 

     
     
   
Blinded Hunt is a project about hunting. After a period of initial research in 2016, Mariëlle Videler travelled blindfolded to Uummannaq, Greenland, in May 2017. To activate imaginative power she choose to travel blinded, a method she also used when travelling to the Amazigh in Tamdaght, Morocco. With her Dutch ancestors, who hunted in the Arctic for whale oil, in mind Videler searches for alternative strategy. To perceive and focus, without seeing the landscape, on personal stories and craftsmanship as for example as a guest at the table of hunter and electricien Hans.

After a stay of two weeks in Greenland, Mariëlle Videler travelled directly to Kolderveen, a hamlet in Drenthe (NL), to work on a new series of drawings and an installation. The installation consists of wood, textile, embroidery, drawings and glass. It is a tribute to the Inuit culture, and especially to the work of Jessie Oonark and Annie Pootoogook.

At the opening day of the exhibition a mail package travels to Uummannaq. Containing cards with a self-written fantasy story, Blinded Expedition. The story is based on Videler’s blinded travel to Uummannaq and inspired by Inuit myths collected by the writer H.C. ten Berge. The card, with on the other side one of the pencil drawings, is printed in a limited edition: the number of inhabitants of the village Uummannaq.