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How Outi Pieski Incorporates Elements of Sámi Clothing in her Activist Art
The activist from Finland explores how art can play a part in protecting the environment.
How Brian Adams Connects with Inuit Culture Through Photography
The Anchorage, AK-based artist interested in Inuit sovereignty, decolonization and climate change.
Why Joar Nango Questions Architectural Histories in the Circumpolar North
Why Fur is Important for Yup’ik Artist and Advocate Ilegvak
The many shifting forms of expression by the fashion designer based in Sheet’ká, Alaska.
How Carola Grahn Inserts Sámi Worldviews into the Arts Landscape
More on the writer, curator and contemporary conceptual artist from Jokkmokk, Sweden.
The Secrets Within Sonya Kelliher-Combs’ Artwork
How the Iñupiaq and Athabascan artist reveals the cultural histories embedded in material.
The Vivid World of Kalaaleq Artist Ivínguak’ Stork Høegh
A look at the colourful collages by the graphic designer from Nuuk, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland).
Meet the Artists Behind the Sámi Pavilion
Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna at the 2022 Venice Biennale.
Victoria Kakuktinniq’s Designs Dazzle on the Cover of Elle Magazine
How one Inuk designer is turning heads.
One Drawing that Encompasses a Life
Siassie Kenneally explains the meaning behind her keystone image “All These Things That I Have Seen”.
Why Memory and Painting Are Inseparable for Darcie Bernhardt
Trying to pin down hazy memories with oil paint.
How is Inuk Artist Logan Ruben like Vincent van Gogh?
Colour and texture combine in this emerging painter’s work.
Hannah Tooktoo on Combining Art and Activism
Young painter connects message and medium in her work.
The Painted World of Megan Kyak-Monteith
An intimate narrative of cultural revival and pride.
What Collage and Identity Mean to One Inuk Artist
Investigating the artistic practise of Leanne-Inuarak-Dall.
Dayle Kubluitok’s Digital Illustration Practice
Building a space for Inuit within popular culture and mainstream news.
Meet Our Relations Cover Artist Chantal Jung!
A California-based Inuk with a penchant for collage.
Transcending the Particular: Feminist Vision in the Sculpture of Oviloo Tunnillie
A remarkable female sculptor whose works embodied women in all facets of life.
Challenging Convention: The Expressive World of Karoo Ashevak
An Inuit art sensation who dominated Talurjuaq's sculptural scene.
The Object Truth: Jamasee Pitseolak’s World of Stone
A stone collagist carefully refiguring the expectations of Inuit sculpture.
Niap Takes On Narrative Ties
Artistic history in the making
Inez Shiwak: From Seamstress to Activist
Heather Igloliorte profiles this multidisciplinary star on the rise.
Bronson Jacque Puts Distance in Perspective
A Nunatsiavut-born oil painter with a story to tell.
Memory in the Making: The Paintings of Megan Kyak-Monteith
Kyak-Monteith explains the methodology behind her signature dreamy oil paintings.
Christopher Blechert is a Yellowknife-based photographer who documents contemporary urban life in the North through subtle maneuvers of light and shade.
Names For Snow
In this interview, Kangirsuk-based emerging filmmaker Rebecca Thomassie shares the originals of her directorial debut, Names For Snow, and what she hopes audiences will take away from the film.
Kablusiak works across media, using their art “as a coping mechanism to subtly address diaspora, and to openly address mental illness.” The result is a practice seasoned with the macabre, made palatable by the sweetness of its delivery.
Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk
Multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk has spent his career connecting to his Nunavimmiut identity while living and producing art in an urban centre.
While much of Hansen’s work is made with a Greenlandic audience in mind, her experimental shorts and horror features have garnered just as much attention from international viewers.
Katie Doane Avery
From intimate family dramas to a steam punk, alt-historical epic, Iñupiaq filmmaker Katie Doane Avery’s category-defying stories continue to challenge the stereotypical tropes that often pervade narrative filmmaking.
Films have been an integral part of Mosha Folger’s life since he can remember. From documentaries to music videos, the director captures the numerous social, economic and political issues facing those living throughout the Arctic.
Animator, filmmaker and visual artist Glenn Gear explores his identity as an urban Inuk with ancestral ties to Nunatsiavut by working with film and installations to capture the liminal space between natural and built environments.
Janet Nungnik's Familial Threads
Moving between past, present and future, Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, artist Janet Nungnik’s large-scale autobiographical textile works weave together poetry and personal history.
Remembering Okpik Pitseolak
The Inuit Art Foundation is saddened to report that Okpik Pitseolak (1946–2019) has passed away. Okpik was a long-time member of the IAF Board of Directors and a fierce advocate for Inuit artists.
Ottawa-based photographer Katherine Takpannie captures the complexities and nuances of urban Inuit life with her expansive scenes and intimate portraits.
Remembering Elisapee Ishulutaq
Renowned artist Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC, passed away on December 8, 2018 in Panniqtuq (Pangnirtung), NU, at the age of ninety-three. Born in 1925, Ishulutaq lived on the land until around 1970 when she and her family moved to Panniqtuq.
Revisiting Annie Pootoogook
We explore the lesser-known currents of Pootoogook’s oeuvre, providing a new way to look at the profound impact of her work.
Remembering Siassie Kenneally
Kinngait-based artist Siassie Kenneally passed away recently in Iqaluit, NU. Over the course of her life, Kenneally produced an incredibly personal body of work that examined modern and traditional life from her own unique perspective
One of the most original young artists working in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, today, Saila has gained an almost immediate, enthusiastic following in the South for her whimsical creatures and otherworldly landscapes.
Siassie Kenneally qaujimajaulauqpuq titiqtugarminut, tunngaviqalauqput iqqaumajaminik inuusirilauaqtaminiglu. Taana unikkausiqaqpuq titiqtugarmik atausirmit nuititiisimattiarninganik inuusiulauqtumik saqqititinngmat ilunngittiaqsimajumik.
“The smell of moose hide is a very warm, inviting smell. As an Indigenous person, it brings you home [from] wherever you are as there is this connection to the land and the smell of smoke and hide; it’s a very familiar smell.”
Years after her death, 27 of Jessie Oonark’s pristine drawings were discovered in a manila envelope in a basement. Athough already a celebrated artist, these lost drawings confirmed Oonark’s vitality and confidence as an artist.
A retrospective on the magical work of Lukie Airut, a master carver from Iglulik, NU, whose sculptures echo his deep familiarity with his land and the animals that live there.
Remembering Lukie Airut
Iglulik-based artist Lukie Airut (1942–2018) was an immensely talented sculptor known for his multi-dimensional sculptures. His work with whalebone and walrus ivory allowed him to create highly detailed works in increasing scale.
Tiktak, a Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet) sculptor, was the first Inuk artist to have a solo show; his one-man show was a watershed moment in the field of Inuit art, paving the way for the hundreds (if not thousands) of solo shows that followed.
Remembering Kellypalik Qimirpik
Kinngait (Cape Dorset) sculptor Kellypalik Qimirpik (1948–2017) passed away earlier this year. An avid carver whose career was marked by important commissions, his sculptures of Arctic animals were exhibited worldwide.
Couzyn van Heuvelen
Iqaluit-born sculptor and installation artist Couzyn van Heuvelen has created something distinctive with Avataq, a project consisting of several handmade foil balloons resembling traditional sealskin floats.
Annie Pootoogook (1969 – 2016)
Jimmy Manning remembers Annie Pootoogook. She grew up in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) as part of a highly artistic family which included parents Eegyvudluk and Napachie Pootoogook, and grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona, who she revered.
Tanya Lukin Linklater's Choreography of Space
Tanya Lukin Linklater talks to the IAQ about her most recent performance, and the space, the dancers, the musician, the text, the backstory and the moment of performance all have their parts to play.
Beyond the Gallery