About the Artists
Hailing from Kinngait (previously known as Cape Dorset) Nunavut, Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013), an Order of Canada recipient, is known as the “grandmother of Inuit art.” She is famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and stunning use of magic markers. Ashevak heavily inspired Pitsiulak (1967–2016), who became a popular figure in Inuit art during his relatively short career for drawing animal figures with a hunter’s precision, and for capturing the technological presence of the South in the hamlet.
About the Curatorial Team
To link the work of these artists to Inuit voices today, the AGO has invited Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project at York University as well as the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative (WBEC) to bring together a curatorial team comprising of Inuit artists and curators.
This team includes:
- Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley (Ottawa)
- Taqralik Partridge (Kautokeino, Norway)
- Jocelyn Piirainen (Ottawa)
- Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Iqaluit)
- Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Indigenous and Canadian Art Department, AGO
- Anna Hudson, professor, York University and Principal Investigator of the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project
Find out more about the team and their curatorial approach.