Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq

Nomi Baumgartl | Sven Nieder | Yatri N. Niehaus | Laali Lyberth

June 19 -July 17 2015

As part of the Hamburg Triennial of Photography 2015, the gallery presented the project


Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq – The Luminous Memory of the Earth.

Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq is a global photography and film art project that uses stunning photographs and film footage of illuminated icebergs and glaciers of Greenland to document the disappearing icons of time in magical snapshots. The Arctic light art project builds a consciousness-raising bridge between art, culture and science in the rapidly advancing climate change.

The project team of Nomi Baumgartl, Sven Nieder, Yatri N. Niehaus and Laali Lyberth captured the “light messages” of Greenland’s inhabitants under the flickering aurora in long exposures in November 2012 and again in February 2013.

“Only by melting the ice in the heart of man,
has man the chance to change and apply his knowledge wisely.”

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, mentor of the project and Greenlandic shaman


Picture book Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq

Shortlisted by “German Photo Book Award” this high-quality printed illustrated book shows all motifs of the two expeditions. Photos of the “Making of ” give an insight into the extreme conditions under which these magnificent pictures were taken.

The wisdom of the Greenlandic elders was written down here for the first time.

Some of these quotes are so old that no one can remember when they were written. They come from my ancestors from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)


Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, shaman


The accompanying texts by philosopher Dr. Christoph Quarch reflect these thoughts and are a plea for the preservation of our earth.

A wonderful gift for friends of the Arctic.


Vernissage impressions


It was a delightful start for the first exhibition in the small and exclusive gallery space in Loogestraße. Among the many enthusiastic guests were Walter Schels and Klaus Tiedge, Michael Engler, Jaschi Klein and Erma Schmidt-Stärz. Nomi Baumgartl and Sven Nieder presented the project and shared stories of the two Greenland expeditions – of working with the Greenlandic “light ambassadors,” dramatic moments, and technical challenges.

Reading with Professor Christoph Quarch

With almost 35 ° C outside temperature, the cool rooms of the gallery Visulex were the perfect place for a reading. Surrounded by luminous icebergs, Christoph Quarch enthralled with his essays on the Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq project. Stars, northern lights, glaciers, and photography were the themes of the poetic texts, summarized under the title “The Truth of Preserving”. The impressive message contained in the ice “of the healing power of living nature, of the preciousness of the heritage of our home planet entrusted to us, of the reverence we owe to the miracle of life.” captivated the audience.

The book Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq – The shining Memory of the Earth with texts by philosopher Christoph Quarch and photo historian Christoph Schaden is available in our shop.

The 4th grade class of Knauer Street Elementary School visited the exhibition Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq on Tuesday. Well prepared by the teacher on the topics of Greenland, climate change, and aurora borealis, they listened eagerly to the story of the expeditions. The shaman Angaangaq, the Greenlandic light ambassadors, and the story of Nomi, the star child, particularly fascinated them. It was a pleasure for me to introduce a new generation to the beauty and fragility of nature through the fascination of photography.



Selected Works

The motifs Stella Polaris* Ulloriarsuaq are available in four editions. I will be happy to send you a synopsis with a complete list of works and prices.