In Northwest Alaska, the Inupiaq whaling community of Kivalina, home to around 470 people, is facing imminent relocation. The need for viable futures is urgent. Previous relocation efforts in Kivalina have stalled, leaving the community looking for alternatives. Re-Locate is a collective of ethnographic artists from around the world working with Kivalina to initiate a community-led and culturally specific relocation.
Re-Locate is building artistic and web-based platforms that intend to make the social, political, and environmental issues related to relocation visible to global audiences; support community discussion and exchange; locate, connect, and educate new relocation partners; create spaces where people in Kivalina can share original media about local ways of life; develop an infrastructure for managing local to global networks of support; host collaborative design processes that synthesize project knowledge into culturally specific planning and architecture; contribute to global efforts shaping the discourse on climate displacement; and develop practices for working in partnership with climate-displaced communities worldwide.