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Andrew Hunter (AGG Senior Curator) speaks with artist Couzyn van Heuvelen from his home outside Bowmanville, Ontario. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in 2011 and his MFA in 2015. His artistic practice primarily consists of sculptural and installation works that draw from Inuit art, history and contemporary Inuit life. A contributor to the AGG exhibition Getting Under Our Skin (March 10-September 5, 2018) with his work Avataq, he addresses the importance of the seal hunt to the Inuit, the impacts of international sealing bans on northern communities and the misinformation spread by environmental and animal rights organizations. Getting Under Our Skin features works by Alethea Anarquq-Baril, Tanya Tagaq and Katherine Takpannie, complimented by work from the AGG’s extensive collection of Inuit art curated by Inuit youth.


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