Ciril JazbecCiril Jazbec: On Thin Ice

25.11.2014 to 30.12.2014
Opening time: 19.00

On thin ice is a series of photos from Greenland and one of the chapters in a long-term project concerned with the human face of climate change as it threatens various low-lying regions. It shows the life of hunters and fishermen in the remote villages in Northern Greenland. In this exploration, I spent most of my time in the village with only 250 inhabitants but over 500 dogs.

Jazbec Ciril

Ciril Jazbec was born in Slovenia (1987). He studied management at the Faculty of Economics before moving to London where he studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication where he graduated in 2011.

His work has appeared in printed and online magazines – National Geographic, The New York Times, GEO Germany, GEO France, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times, La Repubblica, WIRED UK, Bloomberg Businessweek, Neu Zürcher Zeitung, Leica Fotografie International, Leica M Magazine, Marie Claire Italy, FOTO8, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling Magazine USA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

On Thin Ice, Format International Photography Festival, UK

On Thin Ice, Fotogalerija Stolp, Maribor, Slovenia

2014

On Thin Ice, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France

On Thin Ice, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013

Kiribati is Gone, Shipley Focus’d Gallery, Bradford, UK

Kiribati is Gone, Fotopub, Novo mesto, Slovenia

2008

My Land, KUD Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005

Paths, Red Gallery, Atelje 2050, Ljubljana, Slovenia

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015

On Thin Ice, Magnum 30 under 30, Birmingham, UK

The Other Hundred, Format International Photography Festival, UK

2014

Waiting to move, Leica Gallery, Salzbourg, Austria

Waiting to move, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

The Other Hundred, East Wing Gallery, Dubai, UAE

On Thin Ice, Fipcom, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Bratislava’Month of Photography, Slovakia

Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Photofestiwal, Lodz, Poland

Kiribati is Gone, Survive, Well Gallery, LCC, London

Greenland, Lensculture Exposure Awards, LCC, London

Greenland, Environmental, Royal Geographical Society, London

2013

Waiting to move, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Les Recontres d’Arles, France

Kiribati is Gone, Slovenian contemporary portrait, Fábrica de Braço de Prata, Lisbon

Alienation, Simulaker Gallery, Novo mesto, Slovenia

2012

Kiribati is Gone, AOP Student Awards, Hoxton Gallery, London

2011

Kiribati is Gone, Neither Snake nor Lizard, LCC Gallery, London

AWARDS

2015 – PDN Photo Annual, Selected Winner

2015 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Winner

2015 – Slovenia Press Photo, Winning photo story

2014 – The Other Hundred, 1st Prize

2014 – American Photography 30, Selected Winner

2014 – FIPCOM – Environment category, Winner

2014 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Shortlisted

2014 – LensCulture Exposure Awards, Finalist

2013 – Les Rencontres d’Arles – Photo Folio Review, Winner

2013 – Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Winner Newcomer

2013 – Eddie Adams Workshop, National Geographic Award

2013 – VISA Pour L’Image – Coup de coeur ANI

2012 – PDN Photo Annual – Student Work, Winner

2012 – AOP Student Awards, Finalist

2012 – Picture The Difference, Winner

2012 – The Royal Photographic Society – Environmental Bursary, Winner

Ciril Jazbec: On Thin Ice

Opening of the exhibition: 25. November 2014 at 7pm

Book signing
The opening will be followed by a presentation and book signing of the limited edition book “On thin ice”.
 

On thin ice is a series of photos from Greenland and one of the chapters in a long-term project concerned with the human face of climate change as it threatens various low-lying regions. It shows the life of hunters and fishermen in the remote villages in Northern Greenland. In this exploration, I spent most of my time in the village with only 250 inhabitants but over 500 dogs.

One of the main characters of the story is Unnartoq, one of the last remaining people sticking to tradition and living as subsistence hunters. I don’t speak Unnartoq’s language, so hand gestures and honesty become an even more important factor of communication than usual. For a European, the conditions in Greenland are extreme; low temperatures require one to be exceptionally strong-willed, and will to live is what has always driven the traditional hunters to survive. However, the daily life of these hunters is changing due to climate change, unpredictable weather, higher temperatures, and the resulting thin ice.

The sea used to be frozen for eight months a year, but nowadays it only freezes for few months, threatening the traditional methods of seal hunting. The story also touches upon globalization worming its way into every nook and cranny of the world, as well as upon global interconnectedness driving youth away from tradition and self-sufficiency. In Greenland as well, young people are moving to the cities, self-sufficient hunters are disappearing and a 1000-year tradition of hunting and survival in the most extreme of conditions is being forgotten.

Different eyes perceive different sensations and actions, and how one interprets a visual story is mostly the result of inner emotions. I strive to use photography to tell a story that is reflected through a single person, through his own eyes.

 

 

 

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