Keno­juak Cul­tural Cen­tre Opens Its Doors in Kin­ngait Named af­ter the ac­claimed artist Keno­juak Ashe­vak, CC, ON, RCA (1927–2013), the Keno­juak Cul­tural Cen­tre and Print Shop (KCC) of­fi­cially opened on Septem­ber 5, 2018, in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU.

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The open­ing cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded a large com­mu­nity gath­er­ing, which fea­tured a prayer, a flag rais­ing, a qulliq

(oil lamp) light­ing, throat singing, of­fi­cial tours for the com­mu­nity and more. A coun­try food feast with Inuit square danc­ing at Sam Pud­lat School capped off the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the open­ing were two ex­hi­bi­tions of never-be­fore-seen works from the West Baffin Eskimo Co­op­er­a­tive archives and per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, cu­rated by KCC Man­ager Louisa Parr Pootoo­gook and Dorset Fine Arts Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Wil­liam Huffman, which fea­tured a sur­vey of works on pa­per by Keno­juak Ashe­vak.

“This vi­tal new fa­cil­ity will en­sure that we con­tinue to pre­serve and cel­e­brate the unique Inuit cul­ture of our re­gion,” ex­plains Kin­ngait Mayor Ti­moon Toonoo. Con­struc­tion for the 10,400-square-foot, $10.2 mil­lion fa­cil­ity was com­pleted in early March of 2018 by ar­chi­tec­tural firm Panaq De­sign Inc. and con­trac­tors Kud­lik Con­struc­tion Ltd.—both Iqaluit-based, Inuit-led com­pa­nies. The KCC in­cludes a state-of-the-art com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and will house the Kin­ngait Stu­dios.

Mon­treal Mu­seum of Fine Arts Ac­quires Work by Niap and Ex­pands Re­la­tion­ship with Nu­navik

The Mon­treal Mu­seum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in Que­bec, deep­ened its pro­mo­tion of

Inuit art and cul­ture along with its con­nec­tion to Nu­navik with the re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of work by Ku­u­jjuaq-born, Mon­treal-based artist Niap (Nancy Saun­ders) as well as the an­nounce­ment of a new part­ner­ship with the Avataq Cul­tural In­sti­tute.

Saun­der’s sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion

ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Kata­j­jau­si­val­laat, le ry­thme

bercé (2018) was ac­quired by the mu­seum this sum­mer af­ter clear­ing an in­ter­nal com­mit­tee of mu­seum rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as an ex­ter­nal com­mit­tee com­prised of es­tab­lished Mon­treal-based artists in early June. “We have this will at the in­sti­tu­tion to best rep­re­sent the artists of Nu­navik and their in­volve­ment with the con­tem­po­rary scene,” ex­plains MMFA cu­ra­tor of Que­bec and Cana­dian Art Jac­ques Des Rochers, who led the ac­qui­si­tion.

“It’s huge for my prac­tice and also for my peo­ple,” Saun­ders says. “To be con­sid­ered as an artist who just-so-hap­pens to be Inuk, not just tagged as a folk­loric ar tist or Inuit artist and to have my work part of larger dis­cus­sions of con­tem­po­rary art is sur­real.” The piece will be the first in­stal­la­tion work by an Inuk ar tist to be in­cluded in the MMFA’s col­lec­tion.

Along­side the ac­qui­si­tion, the mu­seum and the Avataq Cul­tural In­sti­tute an­nounced a new part­ner­ship be­tween the or­ga­ni­za­tions on Septem­ber 6, 2018. The part­ner­ship will see Avataq aid the MMFA in es­tab­lish­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships with Nu­navik com­mu­ni­ties, while re­lo­cat­ing their of­fices and ex­pan­sive col­lec­tion to var­i­ous build­ings nearby and owned by the mu­seum, to in­crease the di­a­logues be­tween both in­sti­tu­tions and their sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Cir­cum­po­lar Film High­lighted at imag­ineNATIVE 2018

From an ex­per­i­men­tal film out of Sápmi to a fan­tasy epic from Green­land, the 2018

edi­tion of the imag­ineNATIVE Film + Me­dia Arts Fes­ti­val, which ran from Oc­to­ber 17 to 21 in Toronto, ON, fea­tured ex­ten­sive of­fer­ings from the cir­cum­po­lar North. The fes­ti­val marked the re­turn of fa­mil­iar faces like Zacharias Kunuk, OC, who, ahead of Isuma’s much an­tic­i­pated show­case at the 2019 Venice Bi­en­nale, screened his new film Kiv­i­too: What They Thought of Us (2018), spon­sored by the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion.

Other high­lights in­cluded Lucy Tu­lu­gar­juk’s di­rec­to­rial de­but Tia and Pi­u­juq (2017), which tells the story of Tia, a Syr­ian girl new to Mon­treal, QC, who meets Igloo­lik-based Pi­u­juq af­ter stum­bling across a magic por­tal, and the in­ter­na­tional pre­miere of Green­landic di­rec­tor Marc Fuss­ing Ros­bach’s Ako­r­natsin­ni­itut—Tar­ratta Nu­naanni (Among Us—In the Land of Our Shad­ows) (2017), a sci-fi ad­ven­ture that fol­lows friends Nukappi and Mio as they be­come en­tan­gled in an epic bat­tle against an evil an­gakkoq (shaman) from the par­al­lel di­men­sion Tar­ratta Nu­naanni.

59th An­nual Cape Dorset Print Col­lec­tion Re­leased

The 59th An­nual Cape Dorset Print Col­lec­tion was un­veiled by Dorset Fine Arts and Kin­ngait Stu­dios in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, in early Septem­ber 2018. The 34-piece col­lec­tion fea­tures a se­ries of new prints and lith­o­graphs by Saimaiyu Ake­suk, Shuvinai Ashoona, RCA, Qavavau Man­u­mie, Malaija Pootoo­gook, Cee Pootoo­gook, Qu­vianaq­tuk Pud­lat, Pauo­joungie Sag­giak, Pi­taloosie Saila, RCA, Pud­loo Sa­mayualie, Ningiukulu Teevee and Papi­ara Tukiki.

This year also marked the first time sculp­tor and print­maker Aq­jan­ga­juk Shaa, RCA has been fea­tured in the col­lec­tion since 1961. The full col­lec­tion was of­fi­cially launched and avail­able for pur­chase on Oc­to­ber 20, 2018.

Orchestre sym­phonique de Mon­tréal Tours Nu­navik

Across 10 days, be­tween Septem­ber 9 and 19, 2018, mu­si­cians from the Orchestre sym­phonique de Mon­tréal, led by Mae­stro Ken Nagano, toured Nu­navik and north­ern Que­bec with the new sym­phony Chaakapesh, The Trick­ster’s Quest. “This cre­ation, a tour­ing and cul­tural ex­change pro­ject, con­sti­tutes a dar­ing re-imag­in­ing of our prac­tices as a mod­ern orches­tra,” says Nagano. “By reach­ing north, we are push­ing the phys­i­cal and artis­tic bound­aries of our prac­tice in or­der to share, ex­change and cre­ate ex­cep­tional works, re­flect­ing the di­ver­sity of our coun­try as well as our cur­rent re­al­ity of liv­ing on shared and some­times dis­puted ter­ri­tory.”

The sym­phony—per­formed in Cree, Inuk­tut, Innu, French and English—made stops in Ku­u­jjuaq, Sal­luit and Ku­u­jjuaraapik and fea­tured Innu and Inuk­tut vo­cal per­for­mances by Florent Vol­lant and Akin­isie Sivuara­pik.

Cir­cum­po­lar Artists and Aca­demics Present at the Art Gallery of On­tario

From Septem­ber 13 to 15, 2018, the Art Gallery of On­tario in Toronto, ON, hosted the in­au­gu­ral sym­po­sium aabaak­waad (it clears af­ter a storm), fea­tur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions by lead­ing na­tional and in­ter­na­tional Indige­nous artists, cu­ra­tors and aca­demics. Anchorage– based Sonya Kel­li­her-Combs spoke with Sobey Award–win­ning artist Na­dia Myre on themes of ma­te­ri­al­ity that spread across both artists’ prac­tices. Later, award-win­ning film­maker Alethea Ar­naquq-Baril joined Dar­lene Naponse and Ala­nis Obom­sawin, OC, GOQ to dis­cuss the fu­ture of Indige­nous film­mak­ing. Fi­nally, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary per­for­mance, video and in­stal­la­tion artist Tanya Lukin Lin­klater par­tic­i­pated in a panel dis­cus­sion with artists Archer Pechawis and Kent Monkman, while Dr. Heather Iglo­liorte spoke with artist and cu­ra­tor Ta­nia Wil­lard and writer Tanya Ta­laga about com­mu­ni­ty­based cu­ra­to­rial ap­proaches.

Per­ma­nent In­stal­la­tion by

Couzyn van Heu­ve­len Un­veiled at OCADU

On Septem­ber 26, 2018, a large-scale per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion by Bow­manville-based artist Couzyn van Heu­ve­len opened at the his­toric Ge­orge Reid House at OCAD Uni­ver­sity in Toronto, ON. Com­pleted in 1921, the fa­cil­ity was the first build­ing in Canada con­structed specif­i­cally for art and de­sign ed­u­ca­tion and cur­rently houses the uni­ver­sity’s ren­o­vated and ex­panded ceram­ics stu­dio, mould­mak­ing stu­dio and foundry.

Speak­ing at the open­ing, van Heu­ve­len re­marked, “In­clud­ing the art­work in this space sets the tone for what his­to­ries are part of art ed­u­ca­tion here at OCADU mov­ing for­ward.” The in­stal­la­tion draws on the stone­cuts used in print­mak­ing across the North and was ini­ti­ated dur­ing a res­i­dency in Qa­mani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU. The com­po­si­tions draw on art his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences, like Henri Matisse’s The Dance (1910), reimag­ined through the lens of Arc­tic an­i­mals.

Kelly Fraser Re­ceives 2019 Ind­spire Award

Hail­ing from Sanikiluaq, NU, and cur­rently based in Win­nipeg, MB, 25-year-old Kelly Fraser was re­cently an­nounced as one of 12 win­ners of the 2019 Ind­spire Awards. The awards rec­og­nize the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Indige­nous pro­fes­sion­als and youth and will be of­fi­cially pre­sented at a cer­e­mony in Cal­gary, AB, on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2019. “They are an in­spi­ra­tion to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and for Indige­nous peo­ple across Canada, show­ing our young peo­ple that they can do it too,” says Pres­i­dent and CEO of Ind­spire and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer of the Ind­spire Awards Roberta L. Jamieson.

Known for her com­bi­na­tion of English and Inuk­tut as well as trans­la­tion of pop songs like Ri­hanna’s “Di­a­monds” into Inuk­tut, the Juno Award–nom­i­nated Inuk mu­si­cian was cited for her pro­mo­tion of Inuit lan­guage and cul­ture through mu­sic. She in­tends to use the award to as­sist in fund­ing her third al­bum, cur­rently ti­tled De-Col­o­nize. In ad­di­tion to her mu­sic, Fraser teaches song­writ­ing and Inuk­tut lan­guage lessons as well as aids in or­ga­niz­ing Nu­navut Hit­mak­erz— a pro­ject which aids un­der­priv­i­leged Nu­navum­miut youth.

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