Kablusiak

Kablusiak
Photo Chelsea Yang-Smith

Biography

Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary. Born in Yellowknife and raised in Edmonton, they received a diploma in Fine Art from Grant MacEwan University in 2013 and completed their Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Drawing Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in 2016 [1]. They recently completed the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, were a previous member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and are also part of the inaugural all-Inuit curatorial team for the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Qaumajuq, which opened in March 2021.

Kablusiak uses art and humour as a coping mechanism to subtly address diaspora, and to openly address mental illness; the lighthearted nature of their practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity. These interests invite a reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary indigeneity and counter the stigma surrounding mental health. 

Since graduating, Kablusiak has been heavily involved in Calgary's art scene; they have made work for Femme Wave (The Garden, 2016), Sled Island (Group, 2017), Contemporary Calgary (Oki Y'all, 2017) and are a board member of Stride Gallery since 2016. Recent awards include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize and the inaugural Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires Emerging Artist Award in 2018 [2]. Kablusiak was also shortlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award and the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. Their work has appeared in multiple issues of Inuit Art Quarterly, including on the cover of the Spring 2022 Break Up issueThey are represented by Jarvis Hall Gallery in Calgary, AB.



----------

Accomplishments

2018: Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires Emerging Artist Award

2017: Indigenous Curatorial Practicum, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

2016: Bachelor in Fine Arts, Alberta College of Art and Design.

2013: Diploma in Fine Art, Grant MacEwan University.

Artist Work

About Kablusiak

Medium:

Curatorial, Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Calgary, AB

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.

1993

Edit History

September 13, 2018 Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation
September 12, 2017 Created by: Kablusiak