Inuit Film Night at the WAG

Inuit traditional face tattoos, forbidden for a hundred years, are an almost forgotten part of the culture. In Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, screening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7pm, Saturday, January 26, Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril records her journey to learn about traditional Inuit women’s face tattoos before getting tattooed herself. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Arnaquq-Baril. Admission is free for delegates attending the Inuit art symposium. For all others it is included with Gallery admission.

Arnaquq-Baril travelled through the Arctic, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once popular female art form. “This is an intensely personal film … It takes place in the context of modern Inuit communities that are utterly confused by the staggering cultural changes wrought by the Canadian government, the Christian Church, and the reality of present day globalization … In some cases the mere mention of traditional tattoos is enough to send a person into a spitting rage. In this context, the dignity and bravery of the dozens of Inuit elders who were willing to go on camera to speak about the tradition of tattooing is awe-inspiring.”

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuk producer and director from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She owns Unikkaat Studios, Inc., an independent production company which produces films about Inuit life and culture in Inuktitut-language.
Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos is held in conjunction with the exhibition Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, a fascinating look at the history of Inuit art over the past six decades—artistic developments, influential artists, new media.

Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is sponsored by TD Bank, the Northwest Company, First Air, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CBC, CTV, 99.9 BOB FM, and the Winnipeg Free Press.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO Financial Group, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Scotiabank, Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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