Lars Just (b. 1980) 2016 exhibit ‘Voices from The Cold’ was selected through the open call by the programme committee to be part of Copenhagen Photo Festivals: Photo City. Lars Just is an award-winning freelance photojournalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark, he was born and raised in Greenland. A graduated photojournalist from The Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2014, he worked at the Danish daily Politiken as part of his education. Just’s awards include a Pictures of The Year International, a PDN Photo Annual, two nominations for the Visual Kravling Prize and a CPOY Portfolio Award.
‘Voices from the Cold’ explores ‘Orpigaq’ an orphanage for young Greenlanders in the valley of ‘Kangerlussuaq’, these young people all through life have been let down by those who were supposed to protect them. Perpetuating a circle of crime, drugs, self-harm, violence and sexual abuse. They are young people who our society has failed, the orphanage their last hope and often the last stop before jail.
In the portrait series you meet ‘Louis, Krisitian, Nuunu, Suulut, Inuuteq and Aima. Each of them are presented with their own portrait and asked what they think when they look at themselves. This project is to bring light to the conditions of vulnerable children in greenland.