Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake

Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq, Good and Evil, 1992. Duffle, felt, embroidery floss. Winnipeg Art Gallery. G-93-27

NOV 17, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019

The creative spirit of the Baker Lake community is epitomized in the art of wall hangings, or nivinngajuliaaq in Inuktitut. Established as a permanent settlement in the 1950s, Baker Lake is situated at Canada's geographical centre and is home to some of the most stunning wall hangings in the world. Featuring pieces from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections, on loan to the WAG, you're in for a colourful treat when you step inside the Gallery.

Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake brings together twelve large-scale works that date between the 1970s and the 1990s by nine artists, most of whom are women. Irene Avaalaaqiaq and Jessie Uunaq (Oonark) show their mastery of visual storytelling through their use of stitching and appliqué cut-outs to create felt storyboards. The two artists also illustrate the exhibition's overall range of subject matter, from Uunaq's autobiographical depiction of scenes from her own life, to the supernatural themes found in Avaalaaqiaq's work. Marion Tuu'luuq, is a master of precision, who builds narrative more through stitch work than appliqué. While it celebrates one community's mastery of a medium, Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake provides a glimpse at a unique Inuit art form that is now practiced throughout the Arctic.

Guest curated by Krista Ulujuk Zawadski

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