Magda Biernat “North Via South”

Clic Bookstore & Gallery (255 Centre St.)

poster for Magda Biernat “North Via South”

This event has ended.

North Via South is a visual account of a year long journey Magda Biernat took from Antarctica to Alaska. It is her personal exploration into the built environment of the Americas and its impact on the natural world. Throughout the journey, focusing on the recurring themes of cross cultural commonalities, she documented dwellings, how human habitation responds to and reflects harsh landscapes, and the means with which societies adapt to changing climates, both cultural and physical. Preview the collection HERE.

“ADRIFT” by Magda Biernat

Ink & Bellows, 2015

Adrift is an accordion fold photography book that reflects on the effects of climate change. The project began on a yearlong South-to-North journey Biernat took with her husband from Antarctica to Alaska.

Average temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are rising twice as fast as they are elsewhere in the world. The rising temperatures are causing more icebergs to break off from glacial floes; polar ice is getting thinner, melting and rupturing. As they drift, the city-block-sized icebergs will disappear at a faster rate than ever before. Near the opposite pole in the Arctic, the melting of once-permanent ice is already affecting native flora, fauna and the frozen ground on which they live. Global warming is threatening the cultural identity of native people. Along a 35 km stretch of coastline in northernmost Alaska, on the ancient hunting grounds of Piqniq, the Iñupiat Eskimos have hunted for centuries, but as once massive herds of caribou dwindle and bowhead whales, walrus and seals change their feeding and migration patterns, subsistence hunting has become more difficult. Hunters move to larger towns, leaving cabins which once provided shelter adrift on the thinning ice and shifting tundra. The hunting cabins of the Inupiat are mirrors of the lone ice mountains in the south, singular polar structures under pressure by a changing ecosystem. Silent and static witnesses to change.

Pairing photographs of Antarctic icebergs and empty Iñupiat Eskimo hunting cabins, Biernat offers a restrained commentary on the parallel effects of global climate change at opposite ends of the Earth. The images are accompanied by two essays (by Jean-Marie Casbarian and Rori Knudtson), foreword (by Martin Pedersen) and a brief introduction by the artist.



from May 14, 2015 to May 28, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-05-14 from 18:00 to 20:00


Magda Biernat

  • Facebook


    All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
    New York Art Beat (2008) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use