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The Arctic Smiles Now: Katherine Akey


  • Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)
Photo: Katherine Akey

Photo: Katherine Akey

In 2015, Akey traveled to the arctic, to the scenes of airships and sledging parties, ice floes and glaciers. In the past men came there to push back the shade of Terra Incognita from the maps of mankind and they stayed there as ghosts, as myths. But when she arrived to the top of our planet what she found was not glittering expanses of ice and blue melt ponds, the strong feel of the men of legend; Instead she found tundra, green and gold in the low autumn sun, black brown rock from ancient tropical oceans and women with rifles. The Arctic Smiles Now shows these women at work, the northern ecosystem they protect and work within, and weaves them together in conversation with stories from the past.

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