Jessie Kleemann

Athi-Patra Ruga

Jessie Kleemann was born in Upernavik in northern Greenland. Sheorks with performance art, painting and writing poetry among other things. Doing the performances Jessie works with traditional and contemporary inuit themes mixing with video/film and music, poetry and dance. From 1978 to 1979, she was a student at the Tuukkaq theatre in Fjaltring in northern Jutland, from 1984 to 1991 director of the school of arts in Nuuk, during which period she took leave in 1989 in connection with the staging of the play Asanninneq naliitsoq, based on Märta Tikkanen’s Århundradets kärlekssaga. Between 1991 and 1993, she was the coordinator of the exhibition project Arts from the Arctic as part of the UNESCO programme for the decade of indigenous people. She has participated in Nordic and international exhibitions as well as in many one-person exhibitions and as a poet has represented Greenland at Nordic and international literary events. Her first independent poetry collection was Taallat. Digte. Poems, 1997.