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Inuit Print Artists

Four Generations Print

Through their drawings and prints, Inuit graphic artists continue the oral tradition of the past. Like the singers, storytellers, and poets before them, visual artists recall the challenges of the hunt, the knowing ways of humans and animals, and the importance of humor in meeting the demands of everyday life. This exhibition highlights a selection of work by Inuit artists from three major print-making communities in the Canadian Arctic: Kinngait/Cape Dorset; Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake; and Ulukhaktok/Holman. Through these prints, many of the artists portray their experience of life on the land, recalling the centrality of the hunt, the skill of hunters and seamstresses, and the practice of shamanism.

Dates exhibition will be shown:

October 12, 2012- December 2, 2012

Where exhibition will be featured:

Ripley Center, Main Concourse

Ripley Concourse Layout

Artists featured include:

Pitseolak Ashoona
Suvinai Ashoona
Peter Pitseolak
Napachie Pootoogook
Pudlo Pudlat
Kananginak Pootoogook
Pitaloosie Saila
Luke Anguhadluq
Janet Kigusiuq
Simon Tookoome
Ruth Annaqtuusi Tuluriak
Mark Emerak
Helen Kalvak
Mary Okheena
Peter Palvik


About the Curator:

Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad headshot

Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad holds a MA in Canadian Studies (Carleton University, Ottawa) and in Anthropology (Johns Hopkins University).  As an independent curator, she has worked with Inuit artists and seamstresses in communities across the Canadian Arctic, has organized numerous museum exhibitions, and published on contemporary Inuit art, clothing design and women’s cultural production. 

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