ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios

Date: December 7. 2019 to August 30, 2020
Curated by: Roxane Shaughnessy

This exhibition presents the little-known story of a group of Inuit artists and printers who produced a collection of bold graphic textiles in Kinngait, Nunavut in the 1950s and 60s – a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land. These printed images preserve the legends, stories and ways of life from this time, offering a vital connection between the contemporary Inuit community and the creativity and resourcefulness of the artists and printers of previous generations. Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios traces the evolution and impact of this textile initiative on Inuit graphic arts and explores its continued relevance through the work of present-day Inuit artists and fashion designers.

ARTISTS: Pitseolak Ashoona (1904–1983)Parr (1893–1969), Pudlo Pudlat (1916–1992), Sharni Pootoogook (Sharnee) (1922–2003), Ishuhungito Pootoogook (1939–), Innukjuakju Pudlat (1913–1972), Sorosilutu Ashoona (1941–), Mary Samuellie Pudlat (1923–2001), Ulayu Pingwartok (1904–1978), Lucy Qinnuayak (1915–1982), Anirnik Oshuitoq (1902–1983), Paunichea (1920–1968, )Anna Kingwatsiak (1911–1971),  Sheouak Petaulassie (1918–1961)

Partners:

Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council of the Arts

Dorset Fine Arts, a division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. 

IMAGE: Mary Samuellie/Pudlat (1923-2001), Fish and Shadows (detail); Linen; screen printed; 88 X 118 cm. Reproduced with permission by Dorset Fine Arts.