Eldred Allen: Resemblance
Eldred Allen’s photographs of Elders from Rigolet (Nunatsiavut, Labrador) are a record of a community. Initiated in Fall 2019, this portrait project is still growing. Allen’s compassionate, elegant images reveal his respect for each subject, and his belief in the importance of recording their presence. As Allen describes: “The Elders in the town are the important people, they are the foundations of the families. But life is so fragile, so uncertain. Since I started my project, a few of these individuals have passed away. Some I had approached but was never able to photograph due to quarantine. This project shares the Elders with people who might not be able to see them every day, but it’s also captured them in a way that they aren’t used to seeing themselves.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eldred Allen is a photographer from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL, who has garnered attention for his expansive scenes of landscape and wildlife in his community. His composition and colouring elevates everyday subject matter to the extraordinary. Allen’s photos are in demand by advertisers, archeologists and government officials. The artist’s work was featured in the September 2019 online exhibition "Looking Down From Up" from Gallery 44 in collaboration with the "Inuit Art Quarterly," followed by his inclusion in "Nunatsiavut: Our Beautiful Land" which opened at La Guilde in Montreal, QC in October 2019. He also had images featured at "Chromatik" at La Guilde, "Regeneration" at the Bonavista Biennale 2021 and "INUA" at Qaumajuk at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Allen was also shortlisted as a finalist for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award.