Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Alootook Ipellie: Nuna and Vut (at the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street, Ottawa)

Curated by Danielle Printup

30 September – 04 November 2018

This exhibition features a selection of Alootook Ipellie’s original drawings for the serial comic strip Nuna and Vut. Ipellie (1951-2007) drew the cartoon strip for the Eastern Arctic newspaper Nunatsiaq News between 1994 and 1997.

Nuna and Vut follows the antics and adventures of two Inuit brothers in the years preceding the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, which led to the creation of the territory in 1999. During this period, Nunatsiaq News covered the political debates between the North and the South regarding the formation of Nunavut and the separation from the Northwest Territories, including the drawing of boundaries and the division of land and resources. Ipellie’s lighthearted series contributed fresh perspectives to those debates.

The Manx presented an important solo exhibition of Ipellie’s drawings for his groundbreaking book Arctic Dreams and Nightmares in 1993, and after the artist’s death in 2007, hosted a memorial in his honour. The Manx exhibition is organized to accompany the major retrospective exhibition of Ipellie’s work at CUAG, Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! The Manx Pub is located at 370 Elgin Street in Ottawa, at the corner of Elgin and Frank. CUAG thanks Marisa Gallemit and David O’Meara for their invaluable work on this project.

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