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Jasper coppes
Experimental doc. | 4k, super 16mm, HDV | color | 23'30'' | Netherlands / Greenland | 2020
Recent footage of melting polar ice in Greenland as shown in the global mass media has represented the country as both the ground zero of climate crisis and a vast expanse for resource exploitation. The film Aasivissuit aims to provide a different view, showing instead the landscape and its inhabitants: focusing on people’s discussions about climate change and how they adapt in their complex relationship with the changing environment. The film follows two park rangers exploring the Greenlandic landscape. They exchange new and old knowledge of the land in their conversations. They talk about how ancient fertile sediment from Greenland is used to nurture exploited soil elsewhere and how microbes have found a way to deal with pollution. Drawing attention to the non-human presence within the landscape, the camera occasionally adopts the perspective of a fly or a raven, or dives into one of the holes in the melting ice cap where toxic metals collect. The film investigates how we can experience and perhaps understand these different perspectives.
Jasper Baldwin Coppes (1983, Amsterdam) is a visual artist who works in a diverse range of media such as films, sound performances, installations and writing. In these, Coppes explores the ways in which dominant narratives about the world and its inhabitants can be transformed. Controversial landscapes, other-than-human entities, silent objects and their presence have often been the core interests in his practice. Coppes graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2008 and was a fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2010 and 2011. He has participated in international exhibitions, film festivals and conferences and is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.