Associate Professor of Art Greg Pond is part of a collaborative exhibition opening in New York Sept. 18. Arctic Book Club: Artists Respond to An African in Greenland is the result of a several-month long process embarked on by a cross-disciplinary group of artists responding to the book An African in Greenland.
Tété-Michel Kpomassie’s book serves as memoir, ethnography, and travelogue, and is the account of the author’s unique journey from his native Togo to Greenland. As a young man living in Africa, Kpomassie happened across a children’s book about Greenland. Fascinated with the distant Arctic island, he embarked on a remarkable 10-year journey across Africa and Europe, working as a translator along the way, and eventually saving enough money to complete his odyssey and live in Greenland.
Artists Amber Cortes, Jenelle Covino, The Green & Bold Coöperative, Katerina Lanfranco, Fabienne Lasserre, Valerie Piraino, Greg Pond, Annie Reichert, Julian Rogers, Ranbir Sidhu, and Christopher Ulivo assembled to respond to Kpomassie's book, meeting regularly in the form of a book club. They created new work inspired by Kpomassie's narrative and the resulting discussions.