January 22 – April 26, 2020
Winter Season Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7 pm
Curated by Taqralik Partridge
Elisapee Attagootak, Laisa Audlaluk-Watsko, Tarralik Duffy, Betsy Etidloie, Mary Gordon, Siasi Iqaluk, Eenah Lidstone, Barry Pottle, Ida Saunders, Nina Segalowitz, Jarvis Usuitauyok, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory
Drawn from images circulated on social networks, Qautamaat brings together the photography of Inuit community members and artists living in Inuit Nunangat and in urban centres further South. Documenting places and phenomena of daily life, they offer a visual map and memory of the lived environment.
Among the most significant means of personal expression in the public sphere today, curator Taqralik Partridge is interested in how such images capture acutely intimate Inuit sensibilities. These may be photographs taken within the context of artistic practice, or snapshots taken as matter-of-fact witness to the everyday. Sometimes registering the most mundane and marginal sites and scenes, they extend a tradition of craft and attentiveness to detail in a contemporary context. Documenting and sharing personal experiences, they also offer a vivid picture of a collective geography that spans a large part of the circumpolar world and encompasses the ties of Inuit communities outside the North.
Qautamaat is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph in partnership with Musagetes and with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
Image detail: Tarralik Duffy, 3/4 mile marker, 2019