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Ekid­luak Ko­moar­tok

(1922-1993) and printed by Josea Ma­niapik, in­ad­ver­tently recasts the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Civ­i­liza­tion (now the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory) as a se­quence of igloos, ris­ing up from the tun­dra. “This is just an iglu, but we’ve never seen one like this be­fore!” ex­plained the artist at the time of its re­lease. “When Rosie Okpik saw my draw­ing, she said, ‘That looks just like the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Civ­i­liza­tion!’ I had never seen that build­ing, but now that I see the pic­tures of it, I see it too!”

Re­flect­ing the un­du­lat­ing lines and bul­bous forms of Dou­glas Car­di­nal’s iconic struc­ture, Ko­moar­tok reimag­ines the ar­chi­tec­tural land­mark as a clus­ter of igloos sur­round­ing a cen­tral qag­giq (com­mu­nal igloo). Punc­tu­ated with warm, glow­ing win­dows and ac­tive chim­neys, Ko­moar­tok’s mu­seum in­vites us into the com­mu­nal space within. This im­age, per­haps bet­ter than any other vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion we’ve seen, re­veals the true po­ten­tial for an Inuit mu­seum: a struc­ture full of cul­ture and his­tory, alive with the pres­ence of com­mu­nity.

Ekid­luak Ko­moar­tok (Pan­niq­tuuq 1922-1993) The Cana­dian Mu­seum of Civ­i­liza­tion 1992 Sten­cil 50.2 x 65.1 cm

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