The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, NU, the Territory’s only museum, announced recently that Jessica Kotierk has been hired as the Manager and Curator.
Ottawa-based artist and curator Jocelyn Piirainen has joined the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba as the inaugural Assistant Curator of Inuit Art. Piirainen is the first Inuk in Canada to hold a lead curatorial position at a provincial museum and will be involved with both curating Inuit art as well as working alongside the WAG education teams.
Included as part of this year’s Nuit Blanche in Montreal, QC, the a multimedia installation piece “Memory Keepers /Gardiens des mémoires” by Jesse Tungilik, Jason Sikoak, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Darcie Bernhardt, Tom McLeod, Glenn Gear and Caroline Monnet took over the FOFA Gallery courtyard at Concordia University to explore themes of memory, tradition and urban life.
Accompanying the historic apology from the federal government for the treatment of Inuit across Inuit Nunangat evacuated from their communities in the North during the mid-twentieth century for tuberculosis treatment, we revisit the carvings produced during patient stays in southern sanitariums that provide an invaluable record of this chapter of Canadian history in stone.