Join us on Tuesday, May 30 from 2-3:30 pm ET for a conversation with Inuit tattooers about an explosive resurgence in Inuit traditional tattooing that has emerged over the last 15 years.
This workshop expands upon a conversation that started as a two-part Feature published in the Spring 2023 issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly, “Line,” which highlights the perspectives of emerging tattoo artists, cultural advocates, and scholars on tattoo practices and revitalization in their communities.
Zorga Qaunaq is a multidisciplinary artist from Ottawa, ON, whose artistic practice and skills include a wide range of materials, from sealskin and different kinds of animal fur, to drawing and illustration, printmaking, video creation, podcasting, traditional hand-poke tattoo methods and more. Qaunaq’s visual work is inspired by artists like Natashia Allakariallak, Mathew Nuqingaq and Maata Kyak, particularly the elements of their work that celebrate their lives and heritage and explore new things.
Aghalingiak (Zoe Ohokannoak) is from Iqaluktuuttiaq, NU. They are a student at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. Their recent show Kanok Piniaka / The Process of Embodied Practices at Treaty Space Gallery in 2022 showcased kakiniit processes in a series of four paintings. With the mentorship of Jocelyn Piirainen, they curated Kakiniit/Hivonighijotaaa: Inuit Embodied Practices and Meanings at the WAG-Qaumajuq which ran from April–July 2022, featuring works by Inuit artists showcasing Inuit with tattoos and markings.
**Please note that due to the discussion of culturally sensitive content this session is only available to Inuit. Thank you for understanding.**