In Siunissaq art, dialogue and movement generate free thinking and paths of development by building
confidence, trust, and empathy.
Siunissaq creates the space to cultivate the joy and strength we need to meet the challenges and pain that are
an inevitable part of our lives and the lives we share.
Siunissaq is an open, creative and dialogue-based process of collective learning, a social movement where people in communities – young people, their families, their teachers, and social workers and artists – come together to build knowledge, create change, generate agency, and celebrate our love of life in local communities.
“In Siunissaq we do not work with people, we work together with them. We are not interested in moulding people. Our focus is the meaningful aspects of the lives we share: hope, joy, capability, having values, and looking after each other in a strong network that provides protection from violence and abuse. We do not want to change anyone, but together we hope to generate more hope, joy, resourcefulness, values, care, and protection.” – Peter Berliner & Tina Enghoff: Collaboration, Dialogue and Trust, 2019
Read more about the theory and philosophy behind SIUNNISSAQ in “COLLABORATION, DIALOGUE and TRUST – Art and resilience in Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland” by Peter Berliner og Tina Enghoff:
Siunissaqmeans the future in Greenlandig, and is the name of the art-based, psychosocial project with young people of the same name initiated by Professor in Communitu Psychology, at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland, Peter Berliner and Visual Artist Tina Enghoff in Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland in 2015.
More than 700 young people have participated in Siunissaq’s workshops and exhibitions and events in public space in Tasiilaq, Nanortalik, Maniitsoq, Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq and Atammik in Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland. Based and on trust, dialogue and respect for the realities people face in the Arctic, the approach of the project has global resonance and relevance for community-based projects and challenging colonialism
Professor of Community
Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland
Manutooq 1, 3905, Nuuk Greenland