Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte, Christine Lalonde

17 September – 09 December 2018

Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007) was born at Nuvuqquq on Baffin Island and grew up in Iqaluit before moving to Ottawa as a young man. He started working as a translator, illustrator and reporter for Inuit Monthly (renamed Inuit Today) in the early 1970s, and later was its editor. Through his widely read poems, articles and essays, Ipellie gave voice to important cultural, political and social issues affecting Inuit Nunangat, with humour and immense patience. Ipellie was a prodigious artist, creating hundreds of political cartoons, serial comic strips including “Ice Box” and “Nuna and Vut,” and larger drawings, of which those published in his book Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993) are well known. This first retrospective of Alootook Ipellie’s extraordinary work draws from the many aspects of his career, demonstrating the importance and continued relevance of his voice and vision.

CUAG acknowledges with gratitude the many lenders whose generosity has made Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border possible. The organizational lenders are: Richard F. Brush Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canada Council Art Bank, Cape Breton University Art Gallery, the Government of Saskatchewan, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nortext Publishing Corporation and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. The individual lenders are: Annalise and Kurt Biedermann, Ernie and Sandy Bies, Victoria Freeman, Charles R. J. Gardner, E. Gedalof and S. Davies, C. Hunt and R. Goldsworth, Lynn Jamieson and the late Geoffrey S. Lester, Marjorie and Michael P.J. Kennedy, Joyce MacPhee, Fred and Gardiea Maiczan, Senator Dennis Patterson, and Kirk Reid, as well as others who wish to remain anonymous.

Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border is an internationally touring retrospective. After its presentation at CUAG, the exhibition will be presented at Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (winter 2019); Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Iqaluit (spring 2019); Art Gallery of Hamilton (fall 2019); and Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg (spring 2020).

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