Aron fra Kangeq

Originally Aron from Kangeq (1822-1869) was a sealer but when he like many others got tuberculosis he was forced to stay ashore. Luckily, Aron proved to have many skills, especially when it comes to art.

The miniatures by Aron are made on paper with pen or watercolour. He is especially known for his descriptions of the Greenlandic people and culture, among these the encounters of Inuits and Scandinavians. These pictures tell of a much more dramatic encounter than the official history, describing violence, murder and acts of revenge.

The same is in evidence in Aron's portrayal of the Christian missionaries encounter with the inhabitants of Greenland. There was no evidence of murder although the heathen Inuits were given a rough treatment, according to the pen of Aron. Perhaps this is why many of Aron's censored miniatures have not met the eye of the public, until many years after they were made.

Likewise, Aron illustrated many of the old Greenlandic legends and a world full of spirits, magic and mystic events. These artworks also contain sensitive issues and some of them are very sexual.

Aron from Kangeq is an important source when it comes to reading and understanding the Greenlandic history. But in this case the history is seen from a Greenlandic point of view, which is rarely seen.


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