TV Head (c. 2002)

Inuit Art Quarterly - - 5 WORKS - BRITT GALLPEN Edi­tor

“Then comes the end.” So con­cludes Ju­tai Toonoo’s (1959–2015) ra­zor sharp, apoc­a­lyp­tic vi­sion­ing of the un­do­ing of cul­ture in this pierc­ing sculp­tural work. In TV Head, the head of a woman clad in an amauti (woman’s parka) is re­placed with a tele­vi­sion, whose end­less news ticker of plight and de­struc­tion fills the screen. Cre­ated at the turn of the cen­tury, the per­me­able anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with the 24-hour news cy­cle, with its un­re­lent­ing im­agery of so­ci­etal col­lapse and dev­as­ta­tion, is here paused and sus­pended in stone. Rem­i­nis­cent of other po­lit­i­cal cri­tiques by con­tem­po­raries such as Alootook Ipel­lie (1951–2007), Toonoo’s TV Head re­mains a sharp re­minder of what is lost in the cease­less on­slaught of in­for­ma­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity and moder­nity. Toonoo’s is a force­ful re­minder to care­fully con­sider what is lost in the name of “progress”. Not a pretty fu­ture cer­tainly, but a po­ten­tial one nonethe­less.

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