From the Edi­tor

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - Britt Gallpen Edi­tor

It is what scholar Ja­son Ed­ward Lewis terms the fu­ture imag­i­nary, a con­cept which “seeks to cap­ture the ways peo­ple imag­ine the fu­tures of their so­ci­eties.” He con­tin­ues, “One can think of the fu­ture imag­i­nary as a dis­tinct part of the cur­rent ‘so­cial imag­i­nary,’ de­scribed by Charles Tay­lor as ‘the way or­di­nary peo­ple ‘imag­ine’ their so­cial sur­round­ings… not ex­pressed in the­o­ret­i­cal terms, but car­ried in images, sto­ries, and leg­ends.’ It forms the pop­u­lar vo­cab­u­lary that we use to de­scribe what we see when we see the fu­ture.”¹ In the fol­low­ing pages, you will en­counter artists whose prac­tices are vi­su­al­iz­ing these fu­tures and who refuse to sit tidily within dis­ci­plinary con­fines. These are artists who oc­cupy both pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces, pulling the edges of the white cube into the streets and onto the screen. They con­tinue to engi­neer new forms atop the scaf­fold­ing of archives and tra­di­tional knowl­edge and sto­ries, while fore­ground­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of nar­ra­tive and com­mu­nity that has held the cen­tre of Inuit art since the beginning. Fi­nally, they are but a small sam­pling of artists who are rad­i­cally chang­ing the face of the field. Our Fea­tures sec­tion opens with a look at the next gen­er­a­tion of Kin­ngait, NU, artists—a tal­ented group of youth who have yet to grad­u­ate high school but whose ro­bust and con­fi­dent graphic sen­si­bil­i­ties point to promis­ing ca­reers in the mak­ing. An­chor­age, Alaska-based Al­li­son Akootchook War­den, who reimag­ines his­toric pho­to­graphs as oth­er­worldly spa­ces and har­nesses the power of dig­i­tal me­dia to craft al­ter­nate realms, is high­lighted in a fea­ture by Priscilla Naunġaġiaq Hens­ley Holt­house. In a sweep­ing in­ter­view with Pa­tri­cia Fe­he­ley, graphic artist Si­assie Ken­neally metic­u­lously nar­rates a her work All the Things That I Have Seen (2016). In­ti­mate and il­lus­tra­tive, this work cap­tures the full scope of the artist’s vis­ual ver­nac­u­lar within a mi­cro-uni­verse, mar­ry­ing tra­di­tional life with the re­lent­less and ac­cel­er­at­ing pace of change since Con­tact. Fi­nally, we move from the page to the screen in “The Quest for New Arc­tic Vi­sions: Never Alone (Kisima In­gitchuna) and Indige­nous Dig­i­tal Sto­ry­telling”. This Port­fo­lio doc­u­ments the evo­lu­tion from de­vel­op­ment to launch of a ground­break­ing video game, pro­duced by the Cook In­let Tribal Coun­cil of Alaska. Across film, vir­tual re­al­ity and in­stal­la­tion to per­for­mance, mu­sic, works on pa­per and sculp­ture, Inuit artists are cre­at­ing to­mor­row, to­day. I hope you en­joy this small glimpse into these new worlds.

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