Portraits of Resilience

Portraits of Resilience is a photography project that works with youth and schools in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States to document the effects of climate change in their local communities. These geographically distant societies share characteristics of vulnerability and resilience, and are among the first to feel the effects of climate change.

© Pipaluk Hammeken/Portraits of Resilience/MSV

Portraits of Resilience has worked with young people in the Arctic communities of Shishmaref (Alaska), Unjargga (Norway), Pangnirtung (Nunavut, Canada), and Ummannaq (Greenland), as well as the island states of Seychelles and in the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Kiribati.

The work from Portraits exhibition has toured several museums around the world. In 2010, Portraits was exhibited at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the National Folkmuseum in Oslo, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA. In 2012 it was displayed at the Durban Natural History Museum Research Centre and in Novemeber 2013 was hosted by the Ethnography Museum in Warsaw. 

Stories and photos can also be viewed online within the Portraits section.