The Inuit Art Quarterly is the only publication that focuses solely on the vibrant and dynamic world of Inuit art. Published by the Inuit Art Foundation since 1986, this quarterly art magazine connects readers around the world with the Arctic by way of feature articles on well-known and emerging artists, timely and topical commentary and exclusive interviews.

The Spring 2019 issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly isdedicated to the tales and stories from the darker lexicon of Inuit oral tradition, focusing on Kappianaqtut or those creatures, spirits and beings to be feared. From chilling stories of horrific spirits to a sprawling look at iconic figures in Arctic legends, this issue dives into the rich oral histories of the circumpolar North that reveal the contours of moral, social and familial values.

For the first time, the IAQ features three unique short horror stories from the across the North, each complimented by rich illustrations. Artist and writer Heather Campbell offers a haunting look at the terrors lurking in the landscape near Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL brought to life by Megan Kyak-Monteith while our Editor-at-Large Taqralik Partridge reveals the spirits that abound in even the most intimate moments of love and loss, as seen through the pen-and-ink illustrations of Jason Sikoak. When a friend is not what he appears, it’s a heart-racing journey to survive the night in Jamesie Fournier’s final addition to our Fiction section, imagined through the work of Zebede Evaluardjuk-Fournier. An accompanying Feature by Chris Hampton provides a in-depth exploration of the breadth of Qamani’tuaq artist Victoria Mamnguqsualuk’s depictions of the legendary Inuit wanderer Kiviuq as well as scenes of horrific and humorous beasts that consume and are consumed. Taken together, these epic narratives, spread across drawings, prints and wall hangings, offer powerful insights into the interdependencies of a globalized world and speak to ongoing issues of displacement, scarcity and community.

Rounding out the issue is a one-of-a-kind Portfolio that provides a look into eight creatures inhabiting the Arctic landscape through the eyes of artists working across Inuit Nunanagat and beyond. Works by Jessie Oonark and cover artist Tim Pitsiulak mix with pieces by Davidialuk Alasua Amittu and David Ruben Piqtoukun to continue to relay the stories of often frightening and sometimes helpful creatures, enriching and growing with each re-telling. Finally, our Legacy piece revisits the brevity and terror as well the terrorizing creature in the work of Tivi Etok, the first Inuit artist to receive a solo print release.

Other highlights of the issue include:

  • Curatorial notes on the first major retrospective of the work of graphic artist, sculptor and seamstress Mary Yuusipik Singaqti and her autobiographical works that provide an invaluable look at life on the land;
  • A profile of emerging photographer Katherine Takpannie;
  • Reviews of exhibitions, upcoming events and much more…

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