Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut
MAY 26-OCTOBER 14, 2018
Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region of Canada that achieved self-government in 2005, produces art that is distinct within the world of Canadian and circumpolar Inuit art. The world's most southerly population of Inuit, the coastal people of Nunatsiavut have always lived both above and below the tree line, and Inuit artists and craftspeople from Nunatsiavut have had access to a diverse range of Arctic and Subarctic flora and fauna, from which they have produced a stunningly diverse range of work.
Artists from the territory have traditionally used stone and wood for carving; fur, hide, and sealskin for wearable art; and saltwater seagrass for basketry, as well as wool, metal, cloth, beads, and paper. In recent decades, they have produced work in a variety of contemporary art media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and ceramics, while also working with traditional materials in new and unexpected ways.
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first major exhibition of the breathtaking and long-hidden art of the Labrador Inuit. SakKijâjuk – meaning “to be visible” in the Nunatsiavut dialect of Inuttitut – reveals the distinctive and innovative art of the region, produced over seven decades. See 85 works by four living generations of artists who share their stories through art.
Curated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte, co-chair of the WAG's Indigenous Advisory Circle
Dr. Heather Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal art history at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research interests centre on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resilience.
Learn more about SakKijâjuk
Read The Rise of Nunatsiavut Art from The Walrus.
Organized by // Organisé par The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division, St. John’s, NL. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and by the Nunatsiavut Government. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada et au gouvernement du Nunatsiavut.
Supported by the Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
Related Programs & Events
Past Programs & Events
Join us for the Members' Preview of SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut.
Thursday, May 24 from 6pm to 8pm
You're invited to join us for the groundbreaking celebration of the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Friday May 25 at 11am
You are invited to the opening of SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, the first major exhibition of the breathtaking and long-hidden art of the Labrador Inuit.
Friday, May 25 from 7pm to 10pm
Join us for an exhibition tour & talk about SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut with Curator and co-chair of the WAG's Indigenous Advisory Circle, Dr. Heather Igloliorte.
Saturday May 26 at 2pm
Join us for a talk followed by a Q+A with author/researcher Rozanne Enerson Junker
Sunday, June 3 from 3pm to 5pm
Join us for an event part of Canadian Art's Gallery Day Winnipeg
Saturday June 9
Join us for a screening in partnership with the Decolonizing Lens, followed by a panel discussion. Free entry!
Thursday September 13 at 6pm
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday