Art of Labrador Inuit to be showcased

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Nunatsiavut is home to the world’s most southerly population of Inuit who live above and below the tree line. The Inuit artists and craftspeople from Nunatsiavut produce a stunningly diverse range of work from the varying Arctic and Subarctic flora and fauna in their surroundings.

Artists have traditionally used stone and wood for carving; fur, hide, and sealskin for wearable art; and saltwater seagrass for basketry, as well as wool, metal, cloth, beads, and paper. In recent decades, they have produced work in a variety of contemporary art media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photo­graphy, video, and ceramics, while also working with traditional materials in new and unexpected ways.

SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first major exhibition on the art of the Labrador Inuit. SakKijâjuk means “to be visible” in the Nunatsiavut dialect of Inuktitut and includes 85 artworks by 47 artists across four generations of artists — Elders, Trailblazers, Fire Keepers, and the Next Generation. It opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery May 26 to Sept 30.

The exhibit is curated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte, co-chair of the WAG’s Indigenous Advisory Circle and Lead Guest Curator of the recently named group of three all-Inuit, all-female team to create the inaugural exhibitions of the Inuit Art Centre, opening in 2020.

Organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division, St. John’s, Newfoundland, the project is possible in part by the Government of Canada and by the Nunatsiavut Government.