Now in its 20th year, Art Toronto presents artworks from Canadian and international galleries alongside lectures and panel discussions and runs from October 25 – 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For this year’s Art Toronto, IAQ staff choose six must-see artists.
Filmmaker Aleksei Vakhrushev is a Yupik native of Anydyr Chukotka who has been in the film industry for over 20 years and focuses mainly on northern Russian content. His new film The Book of the Sea is a hybrid documentary that follows a group of contemporary Chukotkan whale hunters who practice their traditional harvesting and blends the story of “the woman who gave birth to a whale” told through vivid claymation.
As PIQSIQ, sisters and throat singers Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay leave listeners enthralled with their performances of ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions. On their debut EP Altering The Timeline (out now courtesy of COAX Records), PIQSIQ team up with producer Ruby Singh to create a collection of songs that blend rhythmic throat singing with entrancing beats.
Kablusiak has a wry sense of humour. Working across media, including installation, print, drawing, film and sculpture, the artist utilizes their art “as a coping mechanism to subtly address diaspora, and to openly address mental illness.” The result is a practice seasoned with the macabre, made palatable by the sweetness of its delivery.
Kenojuak Ashevak depicted many owls throughout her career, naming each with a unique descriptor. Here, we take a closer look at thirty of her avian adjectives.