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South of Inuit Nunangat: A Conversation

Monday, 24 September 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Alootook Ipellie came to Ottawa in the late 1960s to attend high school. Over the next four decades, mostly spent in Ottawa, he worked as an artist, writer, editor and cartoonist. He often described himself as “living in two worlds” – North and South – and his extraordinary body of work reflects his lifelong struggle to reconcile these worlds.

Today, Ottawa claims the highest population of Inuit living in an urban centre outside Inuit Nunangat. Inuit come south for many reasons, including education and work, to join family, or for healthcare.

Join Alootook Ipellie co-curator Heather Igloliorte (Nunatsiavut) as she moderates a conversation with Asenath Kannutaq, an Elder from Sanirajak; Manitok Thompson, a government leader from Salliq, and Krista Zawadski, a Carleton PhD candidate from Kangiqliniq.  They will reflect on and speak about their experiences of living south of Inuit Nunangat.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance near Leeds House Residence from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.

Heather Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut) is an independent curator and Associate Professor at Concordia University, where she holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement. Heather is the Principal Investigator of the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership SSHRC Partnership Grant, and Co-Director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures Cluster (IIF) in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology with Professor Jason Edward Lewis. Through these projects, Igloliorte works with collaborators and students to imagine new futures for Indigenous peoples throughout Inuit Nunangat, Canada and internationally.

Asenath Kannutaq moved to Ottawa three years ago from Sanirajak, Nunavut. As an Elder, she is part of the cultural education programming at Tungasuvvingat Inuit, a resource centre that provides accessible, community-based, culturally relevant activities for Inuit of all ages in Ontario.

Manitok Thompson was the first woman Member of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. She was elected to Cabinet in 1999 and appointed as Minister of Public Works and Services and the Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation. In late 2001, she was named Minister of Community Government and Transportation and Minister responsible for Sport Nunavut. In the final year of her term she held the portfolios of Minister of Education, Minister of Human Resources and Minister responsible for Arctic College. She currently lives in Carleton Place, just outside Ottawa.

Krista Zawadski is a PhD candidate at Carleton University and has participated and worked in the Smithsonian Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology, the Nanivara Project and multiple archaeological field schools and cultural heritage worker workshops offered by Inuit Heritage Trust. She worked professionally as a GIS Technician at the Kivalliq Inuit Association for over three years, and as the Curator of Inuit Art at the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage. She is also a Board Member with Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

Party celebrating the opening of “Alootook Ipellie: Nuna and Vut” at The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street

Sunday, 30 September 2018, 4:00 p.m.

CUAG invites you to a party celebrating the opening of Alootook Ipellie: Nuna and Vut at The Manx Pub. The party takes place from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. and features readings of Alootook Ipellie’s poems by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Mosha Folger and Armand Ruffo.

Curated by Danielle Printup, the exhibition features a selection of Alootook Ipellie’s original drawings for the serial comic “Nuna and Vut,” published in Nunatsiaq News in the mid-1990s. 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 runs from 30 September through 4 November 2018, and is organized to accompany the major retrospective exhibition of Ipellie’s work at Carleton University Art Gallery, 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.

Here Be Dragons Artists and Curator Walk-Through

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 6:59 p.m.

With Scott Benesiinaabandan, Laurent Craste, Juan Ortiz-Apuy and Emily Falvey

Does critical art risk positioning viewers as the passive recipients of prescribed messages? Can art cut through ideologies to reveal urgent political truths?  Here Be Dragons features the work of seven contemporary artists who participate in social critique. Rather than attempting to instruct or persuade, these artists favour ambiguous or symbolic images that leave room for varying interpretations. Join artists Scott Benesiinaabandan, Laurent Craste and Juan Ortiz-Apuy for a walk-through of the exhibition as they discuss their work and artistic strategies with curator Emily Falvey.
Scott Benesiinaabandan’s little resistances series explores the relationship between personal acts of political resistance and archival documentation of historical crises. Laurent Craste’s series Sévices transforms eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French porcelain vases into the purported victims of populist uprisings. Juan Ortiz-Apuy uses IKEA catalogues, design history books and National Geographic magazines to create complex, hand-cut collages in which the excesses of commodity fetishism are both parodied and allegorized.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. Please see the visiting page for directions.
Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist who works primarily in photography, printmaking and video. He is based in Montreal, and recently completed a Canada Council New Media Production grant through OBx Labs/Ab-tech and Concordia.
Laurent Craste is a French-born ceramicist and video-maker who has been living and working in Montreal for the past 22 years. Craste’s work deconstructs the decorative codes that informed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century objects.

Emily Falvey has just been appointed Director/Curator of Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University. She was curator of contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery from 2004 to 2008. In 2006 and 2012 she received a Curatorial Writing Award (Contemporary Essay) from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She is a PhD candidate in art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. Ortiz-Apuy has a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009) and a MFA from NSCAD University (2011). The venues of his recent exhibitions include Museum London, Gallery 44, Gallery TPW, the MacLaren Arts Centre, A Space Gallery, and the Quebec City Biennial: Manif d’art 7.


Here Be Dragons: Gisele Amantea and Kamal Al-Solaylee in Conversation

Monday, 12 November 2018, 7:00 p.m.

In her site-specific installation Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016, Montreal-based artist Gisele Amantea questions the political effectiveness of photographs from conflict zones, but particularly the deluge of images from the Syrian Civil War. By radically altering our physical relationship to a news photograph of a ruined section of Aleppo that she visited before the war, Amantea asks us to insert ourselves into the image and thereby reconsider our connection to it and the place it represents.

Join her for a public conversation with journalist and professor Dr. Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads. His latest book Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. Please see the visiting page for directions.