Jennie Williams


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Jennie Williams is an artist based in Nain, Nunatsiavut, NL who works primarily in photography. She creates powerful images that convey the cultural landscape and lived experience of Inuit in Nunatsiavut.

In her series A Way of Life (2016), Williams illustrates the love she has for her community by photographing everyday activities and people that communicate a deep sense of care for each subject and scene [1]. She captures moments such as two young friends riding bikes together, or groups of children running around and playing in their community. A Way of Life was produced during her Elbow Rooms residency at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL. Williams’ work also records community traditions such as the Moravian/Inuit tradition of Nalujuk Night, or Old Christmas Day, which happens on January 6. Both frightening and alluring, the ongoing documentary series Nalujuk Night (2011-) captures a unique experience of Labrador life [2]. The annual event features community members dressed in frightening masks and playfully chasing their fellow neighbours with chains and sticks. The only way to escape the masked Nalujuit, and perhaps even be rewarded with a treat, is to sing them a song in Inuktut.

By documenting lived realities and traditional events, Williams captures the connections of her northern coastal Labrador community and creates a space for storytelling and traditional knowledge sharing.

About Jennie Williams

Medium:

Photography

Artistic Community:

Nain, NL

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

1981

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October 17, 2018 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation