The polar regions, unknown and uninhabited until the end of the 19th century, represent a distant and enigmatic territory. They are places that still contain the romantic epic of whale hunters, Christian missionaries and polar explorers who began to inhabit the territory, together with all the mythologies and rarities that characterize the geographically isolated landscapes.

Throughout this exploration during my stay in Svalbard, an Arctic archipielago close to the North Pole, I worked around the question of what moves someone to live in polar lands.

Svalbard belongs to the polar biogeographical region where there is only tundra. The word comes from Saami “tūndâr” which means “infertile, waste land”. It is impossible to grow any food or trees. Also, it is not allowed to give birth or being buried there either.

“Winter kept us warm, covering
earth in forgetful snow”

T. S. Eliot. The Waste Land (1922)

(Coming soon)