Visionary artist Siassie Kenneally from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, passed away recently in Iqaluit, NU. Over the course of her career, Kenneally produced an incredibly personal body of work that examined modern and traditional life from her own unique perspective.
At the time of writing this piece, there are no fewer than five solo exhibitions of Inuit artists open across North America. The solo show, be it a new body of work at a commercial gallery or a large-scale retrospective at a major institution, is an important marker in the career of any artist. Given their ubiquity today, it is difficult to imagine a time when solo exhibitions of Inuit artists were rare, or that there was ever a definitive “first”, but indeed there was. Tiktak: Sculptor from Rankin Inlet, N.W.T. opened on March 4, 1970, at Gallery One One One in Winnipeg, MB, and marked the first formal retrospective of an Inuk artist. Read More
ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA | MISSISSAUGA, ON
February 25 – April 10, 2016
What, or rather who, is a change maker? This is the central question that lingered for me after visiting Change Makers at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, which featured works by seven Indigenous artists working across North America and Europe. Given the gallery’s newly-implemented mandate to incorporate “diverse Indigenous perspectives within exhibitions and programming,” the answer seems implied but was not fully articulated. Read More