Tettamanti studied Graphic Design and Photography at the École Cantonale d’Art of Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland, where he has been teaching photography since 2009. He makes documentary photographs of landscapes, focusing on the relationship between nature and humans. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switzerland; Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Celan Center for Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy, among others.
"This picture is part of one of my main series Qaqortoq. I went to southern Greenland, to the city Qaqortoq, the third largest city in Greenland, which is actually not that big. It has about two thousand inhabitants and only some four to six kilometres of roads. You can’t get out of the city. You are really stuck there. In the winter you can only fly in with a helicopter or come by boat. Every week a big boat makes the journey from Denmark to supply the coastal cities with food. Greenland has features similar to Switzerland, my home country: it is an isolated place, surrounded by mountains, snow in the winter... but then it is a very different place. There are other mountains, other ways of using the mountains. In fact the local people don’t really use them at all. Mountains are a problem. They almost fight nature and the climate. Houses need to have very elementary architecture, few windows and good protection against the cold." JOEL TETTAMANTI
Joel Tettamanti. Untitled, from the series The Studies Qaqortoq, Greenland, 2004.