The Citi exhibition
22 Oct 2020 - 21 Feb 2021
Indigenous Arctic Peoples are on the frontline of global climate change. The Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of anywhere else. Research predicts that Arctic summers will be ice free within eighty years, affecting us all by altering weather patterns worldwide.
Arctic Peoples have lived with slow, natural climate variability and seasonal weather for 30,000 years. Through adaptation, innovation and collaboration they have persevered in the face of dramatic environmental and social disruption. How might their resilience help us jointly face the challenge of rapid climate change today?
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We believe that by understanding the past, we all have the opportunity to define the future. With the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate the Museum uses its collection and that of significant lending institutions to demonstrate how human resilience and ingenuity have helped the inhabitants of the Arctic region to survive and thrive. However, the exhibition also highlights the challenge that we face with the changing climate.
It is a challenge that we must all address and, as a global bank, we play an essential role in financing a sustainable economy. We are committed to financing and facilitating clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects that support environmental solutions and reduce the impacts of climate change, on rich and diverse communities such as those that inhabit the circumpolar Arctic.
The Trustees of the British Museum wish to also thank the following for their support and assistance in the creation of the exhibition.
GRoW @ Annenberg
High Commission of Canada in the UK
PF Charitable Trust
The Onaway Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
The British Museum thanks the many individuals and organisations who contributed ideas, knowledge, photographs, film and sounds to this exhibition. It has truly been a Circumpolar community project.
Anne Mette Jørgensen
Association of World Reindeer Herders
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Davyd Halyn Betchkal
Katirvik Culture Center
Mittimatalik Arnait Miqsuqtuit
Nuuk Art Museum
Ruoddo Duodjar Museat
Shari Fox Gearheard
The Inuit Circumpolar Council – Alaska
The Native Village of Shishmaref
With thanks to the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom and the Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Embassy of Imagination
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection
Her Majesty the Queen
House of Commons Library
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
National Museum of Denmark
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of Russian Academy of Sciences
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia
Scott Polar Research Institute, University ofCambridge
US National Park Service, Gates of the Arctic
National Park and Preserve
US National Park Service, Noatak National Preserve
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative
All exhibition services unless otherwise credited British Museum
Exhibition design and soundscape: Opera Amsterdam
Digital media design: British Museum, Studio Louter
Digital media hardware: British Museum
Lighting design: Beam Lighting Design
Construction: Factory Settings
Graphic production: Displayways
Cost management: Fraser Randall
CDM advice: Fraser Randall
Fine art transport: Momart
Mannequins: Proportion London
Object mounts: British Museum, Plowden and Smith
360° Virtual tour: Pan 3Sixty
All images are copyright of the Trustees of the British Museum unless otherwise stated.
Quotes from books used within the exhibition come from:
EALLU, 2017, Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins, Guovdageaidn/ Kautokeino: International Centre for World Reindeer Husbandry
Judith Nasby, 2002, Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality, Montreal and Kingston, McGill-Queen’s University Press
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, 2015, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet, Toronto: Penguin Random Books
US National Park Service, Natural Sounds and Night Skies
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska
The Orchard Music on behalf of Smithsonian
Ulukhaktok Western Dancers
Climates of the Past photography
Cape Espenberg Birnirk Project
Community Partners photography
This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. The British Museum would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.
The British Museum is striving to lessen its environmental impact and is committed to developing exhibitions in more sustainable ways. This display included repurposed and recycled materials, fittings and equipment from previous special exhibitions at the Museum.
Every effort has been made to contact the copyright owners of images and other print and digital media in the exhibition. If you are a rights holder of an item in this exhibition and are concerned that you did not grant permission to use it, please contact the Museum’s Exhibitions Department at email@example.com