Resolute Bay, or Qausuittuq (ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ), literally means, “place with no dawn” in Inuktitut. This 24-hour time-lapse video is made from still shots taken with two cameras simultaneously of a view onto an Arctic landscape in Resolute Bay, at 75°N and 90° W. The photographs were taken at the moment when the sun stopped setting below the horizon, flooding the Arctic with 24 hours of daylight. The double images both extend the horizon and also refer to the tumultuous political history of Resolute Bay, where people were deported from Northern Quebec and Baffin Communities in the 1950s to assert Canadian sovereignty in the region.
People in the village of Qausuittuq (ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ) describe their experience of moving from dark to 24-hour daylight. Everyone from the mayor to teachers, hunters, students, elders, the town carver and scientists offer their layered, complex reflections on light.