Containing never before seen recordings, interviews, documentation and over 20 years of raw footage, what questions are raised after visiting the archive of Igloolik Isuma Productions housed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON?
The chance discovery of works by Helen Kalvak, Agnes Nanogak Goose, and more—once thought to be lost—spread across three safes in the community of Ulukhaktok, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT, has spurred a new digitization effort to archive the almost forty-year history of printmaking in the community and the cultural memory it contains.
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