Blinded Hunt

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 personal research project about hunting, an olden instinct and way of perceiving the environment. After a period of initial research in 2016, Mariëlle Videler travelled to Uummannaq, Greenland, in May 2017, blindfolded. Not to see, to see, to be mirrored… To activate imaginative power, with a travel method she choose before when travelling to the Amazigh in Tamdaght, Morocco. Unlike her Dutch ancestors, who hunted in the Arctic for whale oil, Videler travels unarmed, interested in connecting to the Inuit culture using an alternative strategy. To perceive and focus on rituals, personal and collective stories, visual culture, craftsmanship and histories as can for example be found in the Uummannaq Museum.

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 a self-written fantasy story, Blinded Expedition, based on the Inuit myths collected by the writer H.C. ten Berge. The story, with on the other side one of the pencil drawings, is printed in a limited edition: the number of inhabitants of the village Uummannaq.

Blinded Hunt is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Tijl Fonds, Stichting Stokroos, KiK and Uummannaq Polar Institute.