By looking at the lives and work of other Indigenous artists who have exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale and surrounding projects, what are the implications in having Isuma, a community-based, principally Inuktitut language video art collective based in Iglulik, NU, represent Canada at arguably the world’s most visible and scrutinized international art event?
On the cusp of Isuma’s representation of Canada at the 58th International Art Exhibition/La Biennale di Venezia and on the occasion of a recently renovated Canada Pavilion, we take a look at the history of the international exhibition, Canada’s national pavilion and what these platforms mean for us today.
Despite the fact that love and sex in the Canadian Arctic is not new, images of erotic scenes have rarely graced the pages of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Here, a writer and curator pushes past voyeuristic taboos to bring us into the pulse of recent erotic Inuit art.
Independant curator and Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University Ryan Rice reflects on the legacy of a foundational national collection and its power to reframe dialogues on the scope and shape of what a nation might be.
This award-winning artist took the Inuit art world by storm with her stirring, evocative graphic works. As a result, her artistic legacy has been defined by her meteoric and unprecedented rise to global fame. In this piece, the lesser-known currents of Pootoogook’s oeuvre are explored, providing a new lens through which to consider the profound impact of her work.
The late Kinngait-based graphic artist Siassie Kenneally was known for her dense illustrations, steeped in personal histories an rendered from memory. This interview, conducted last year and presented in English and Inuktut, focuses on a single, exceptional work that intimately documents a life lived, in all its striking detail.
Kinngamiutaviniq titiraujaqti Siassie Kenneally qaujimajaulauqpuq titiqtugarminut,titiqtugaqtangit tunngaviqalauqput iqqaumajavininginnik inuusirilauaqtaminiglu. Una titiraqsimavuq qallunaatitut Inuktitullu arraani apiqsuqtautillugu. Taana unikkausiqaqpuq titiqtugarmit atausirmit nuititiisimattiarninganik inuusiulauqtumik saqqititinngmat ilungittiaqsimajumik.
Happy Nunavut Day! In honour of the 25th anniversary of the land claims agreement that initiated the establishment of the territory, we’re celebrating by bringing you a selection of work by artists from Nunavut including Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Alethea Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril, Tim Pitsiulak, Jesse Tungilik, Andrew Qappik, Jessie Oonark, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Kenojuak Ashevak and Hinaani Design.
“There is this Inuk teaching, the more you give the more you get. So if I’m gifted seal flippers, I’ll give a pair of earrings to the huntress or hunter that gave them to me. It’s an exchange and it just keeps giving me more and more.”