Exhibits feature Back River and Baker Lake artwork

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Jessie Oonark. Untitled, c. 1983, appliqué, embroidery on stroud, 125.5 x 124 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, G-84-52. Photograph: Ernest Mayer, courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Born in the Back River area north of Baker Lake, Nunavut, artist Mary Yuusipik Singaqti became well known for her wall-hangings and carvings. Recently purchased by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, a collection of her incredibly detailed coloured-pencil drawings is featured in the new exhibition, Mary Yuusipik Singaqti: Back River Memories, which runs until March 10, 2019. It features drawings about life of her inland Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuit, in the most remote region of Canada’s Arctic, as well as striking wall hangings and sculptures.

A second exhibit, from Baker Lake, brings together wall hangings dating from the 1970s to the 1990s by nine artists. Nivinngajuliaat, or “wall hanging” in Inuktitut, includes work by Mary Yuusipik’s acclaimed mother, Jessie Uunaq (Oonark), as well as Dr. Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq, Naomi Ityi, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk Kayuryuk, Miriam Qiyuk, Jimmy Taipanak, Winnie Tatya, and Marion Tuu’luuq.

The exhibition is guest curated by Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Curator of Inuit Art for the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections. Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake is on view until March 24, 2019.

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