Helping Hands: 30 Years at Kinngait Studios / ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑏᑦ: ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ 30−ᓂᒃ ᑭᙵᓂᑦ ᓴᓇᕝᕕᖕᒥᑦ
Guest Curator: Nakasuk Alariaq
Curatorial Advisors: Nancy Campbell, Mireille Eagan
Featuring works from a major donation from William B. Ritchie
In partnership with Inuit Futures
It takes many hands to make one print. The artists and printers at Kinngait Studios in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), Nunavut, have been celebrated globally since the 1960s for their innovative contemporary art practices. Exploring their art from an Inuk perspective, this exhibition spans thirty years of work from a significant donation of prints by William Ritchie, a Newfoundland and Labrador-based visual artist/printmaker who was Arts Advisor and Studio Manager at Kinngait Studios from 1988-2019. The selected artworks reveal a stunning diversity of creative expressions in Kinngait, from everyday life in The North to shifting ideas of Inuit art in the south, from the changes in infrastructure and globalization, to the importance of collaboration. At its core, this exhibition shares how Kinngait Studios has long been a space for community.
Saimaiyu Akesuk, Arnaqu Ashevak, Kenojuak Ashevak, Kudluajuk Ashoona, Mayoreak Ashoona, Shuvinai Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally, Killiktee Killiktee, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Cee Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Mary Pudlat, Pudlo Pudlat, Anirnik Ragee, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Kakulu Saggiaktok, Pitaloosie Saila, Nicotye Sammayualie, Ningiukulu Teevee, Simeonie Teevee, Jutai Toonoo, Papiara Tukiki
Artist names in syllabics: L ᓴᐃᒪᐃᔪ ᐊᑭᓱᒃ, ᐊᕐᓇᖁ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ, ᑭᓄᔪᐊᒃ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ, ᑯᑦᓗᐊᔪᒃ ᐊᓲᓇ, ᒪᔪᕆᐊᒃ ᐊᓲᓇ, ᓱᕕᓇᐃ ᐊᓲᓇ, ᓯᐊᓯ ᑭᓂᓕ, ᕿᓕᖅᑎ ᕿᓕᖅᑎ, ᖃᕙᕙᐅ ᒪᓄᒥ, ᐅᕼᐅᑕᖅ ᒥᑭᒐᖅ, ᑎᒻ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᒃ, ᐋᓂ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᓯ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᐊᐃᑏ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᑲᓇᖏᓐᓇᖅ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᓇᐸᑦᓯ ᐳᑐᒍᖅ, ᒥᐊᓕ ᐳᑦᓚᑦ, ᐸᑦᓗ ᐳᑦᓚᑦ, ᐊᓂᕐᓂᖅ ᕋᒋ, ᐸᐅᔪᖏ ᓴᒡᒋᐊᖅ, ᑲᑯᓗ ᓵᒋᐊᖅᑐᖅ, ᐱᑕᓘᓯ ᓴᐃᓚ, ᓂᑯᑦᔨ ᓴᒻᒪᔪᐊᓕ, ᓂᖏᐅᑯᓗᒃ ᑏᕖ, ᓯᒥᐅᓂ ᑏᕖ, ᔪᑕᐃ ᑐᓐᓄ,
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Nakasuk Alariaq is an Inuk-Finnish graduate student, educator, curator, and writer from Kinngait, Nunavut, currently studying in Ontario for her Ph.D. Alariaq’s current work focuses on the Qikiqtaaluk region that aims to bring forth an Inuit perspective on Inuit art produced in the area while covering a wide range of items.
Banner Image: Itee Pootoogook. Looking North (2008). Lithograph on paper (p.p.). William B. Ritchie Collection, The Rooms.
Exhibition Page Image Credit: Siassie Kenneally. Tuniqtaviniit (Artifacts). (2013). Lithograph on paper (p.p.). William B. Ritchie Collection, The Rooms.