* All images on this web page are 'Untitled'
from Joël Tettamanti's 'Qaqortoq, Greenland, 2004' studies *
Swiss photographer Joël Tettamanti is a frequent
traveller and an eclectic observer. He sees what others only become
aware of once his images appear in magazines or art galleries; he has
an eye for the rare and an understanding for the insignificant.
In 2004 he created a series of photographs of Qaqortoq
in southern Greenland, one of the remotest towns in the world. It can
only be reached by boat or helicopter during the winter, and the 3,000
inhabitants (the population on Greenland is only around 57,000) rely
on supplies shipped in weekly from Denmark.
Tettamanti’s skills allow him to convey parameters
such as emptiness, width, longing. His photographic studies are quite
extraordinary, provocative as opposed to decorative. He urges the viewer
to consider important issues - urbanisation, globalisation, the environment,
consumerism and tourism – that affect us all, wherever we live.
© Joël Tettamanti 2008. All these images
appear as part of his book Local Studies, published in association
with the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, with
text in English, French and German available from Etc
Publications. Joël has exhibited extensively throughout the
world, most recently at the São Paulo Architecture Biennale as
part of the Arch/Scapes Exhibition and in Venezia at the Somewhen collective
show. To purchase prints of Joël’s work, contact him direct
at Tel: +41 78 606 58 28 or E-mail: email@example.com.
More of his work may be viewed at his