The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have spread far and wide, changing the way we live, work and create. It has forced us to go inwards, physically and spiritually, as we reposition ourselves in a world turned upside down. A year on, we asked four Inuit photographers what the pandemic has meant for them in their personal life and their practice. In her own words and photographs, Ottawa, ON based artist Taqralik Partridge invites us into her world:
Taqralik Partridge So good restaurant (2021) Digital photograph
I’m really fortunate that I have been able to work with other artists from a distance during the pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic has given me permission to focus on my immediate surroundings.
I think my ideas about the value of
small things have been reinforced.
Taqralik Partridge Mess on the counter (2020) Digital photograph
These times have also shown that people are much more important than things. I already knew this, but it has been underscored over the past year. The small amount of time I have been able to be with people outside my household has truly been a treasure.
Taqralik Partridge Bisk on quarantine day two (2020) Digital photograph
Taqralik Partridge Outside shoppers on bank (2021) Digital photograph
It’s also been really good to be at home.
Taqralik Partridge 15 December 2020 (2020) Digital photograph
This Feature was originally published in the Summer 2021 issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly.
Read and see the photos from the rest of the series:
How an Inuit Photographer Found Comfort Inside During a Global Pandemic