Anaanatta Unikkaangit [Ah-nah-nah-ta Ou-nee-kahn-geet] showcases the work of Billy Gauthier, Gayle Uyaqaqi Kabloona, Kablusiak, Maureen Gruben, and Ningiukulu Teevee. These five Inuit artists make up the inaugural shortlist of the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award (KAMA), a biennial prize honouring the life and legacy of the late Kenojuak Ashevak. The award was created to celebrate the work of Inuit artists by promoting their brilliance, aiding their career growth opportunities, and providing financial support.
These five artists work in a variety of media, Gauthier’s deep appreciation for the land can be felt through his work as a sculptor of organic materials like stone and bone, antler and sinew. Uyaqaqi Kabloona is a textile artist, creating bold and effervescent prints on paper, ceramics, and wall hangings. Gruben is known for her captivating installations and performances using hides, furs, and bones, often commingled with manufactured materials like resin or plastic. Kablusiak uses humour and irony in their mixed media installations to confront and critique oppressive regimes. Teevee’s drawings ignite the imagination with playful depictions of childhood memories, stories, and social commentary.
The artwork selected to represent each of the shortlisted artists in this exhibition not only demonstrates their excellence, but it also reveals the heart of their respective practices: anaanatta unikkaangit. This exhibition honours the stories, the work, and the care of mothers and grandmothers—like Kenojuak Ashevak—that guide contemporary Inuit art.
Congratulations to the 2023 Shortlist Artists
Billy Gauthier • Maureen Gruben • Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona • Kablusiak • Ningiukulu Teevee
2023 Longlist Artists
Manasie Akpaliapik • Deantha Edmunds • Billy Gauthier • Glenn Gear • Maureen Gruben • Gayle Uyagapi Kabloona • Kablusiak • Gloria Putumiraqtuq • Ningiukulu Teevee • Couzyn van Heuvelen
Each of these talented artists will receive $2,500 and be featured in a limited edition catalogue, exclusively available to Inuit Art Quarterly subscribers.
In the news
Winnipeg Free Press: WAG-Qaumajuq puts spotlight on KAMA finalists, May 19, 2023
CBC: WAG-Qaumajuq exhibition celebrates 5 Inuit artists shortlisted for national award, May 19, 2023
Galleries West: Anaanatta Unikkaangit (Our Mother’s Stories) | KAMA Shortlist Exhibition, May 19, 2023