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jewellry, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU

Date of Birth:

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Jesse Tungilik is an interdisciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, NU. He has worked in many artistic disciplines, starting as a ceramicist at the Matchbox Gallery in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU (beginning at just eight years old, and continuing into adulthood) before working in Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit, NU as a jewelry artist specializing in baleen, muskox horn, ivory and silver. In recent years, Tungilik has turned his focus to larger sculptural projects and installations rooted in social and political critique including themes of colonization, assimilation and inter-generational trauma. In 2018 he was one of two Artists in Residence for the TD North/South Artist Exchange, undertaking a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, and in the winter of 2019, Tungilik was the inaugural Inuit Futures' Artist-in-Residence at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. Tungilik's work has been widely published and exhibited throughout Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Drawing Breath December 9, 2019 Ossie Michelin
Jesse Tungilik October 3, 2019 Julia Skelly


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Name Year Gallery
Linked 2015 Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Great Northern Arts Festival 2013
Nunavut Arts Festival 2013

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September 12, 2017