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Isuma Productions

Artist collective Isuma ᐃᓱᒪ (founded in 1990 by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, and Norman Cohn; based in Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada) is Canada’s first Inuit (75 percent) production company. Known internationally for its award-winning film, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001), the first feature film ever to be written, directed, and acted entirely in the Inuktitut language, Isuma represented Canada at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the first presentation of art by Inuit in the Canada Pavilion.

Works

Isuma at Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Location: Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Co-curated by asinnajaq and Barbara Fischer, Qaggiq: Gathering Place brings together a selection of video works by Isuma, giving consideration to the expanded role of media as a space for conversations about colonial history, the role of digital democracy, and Inuit agency in present-day negotiations of land and resources. Qaggiq:…

Isuma at Small Arms

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

In April 1961, the Cold War is heating up in Berlin and nuclear bombers are being deployed from bases in Arctic Canada. In Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, Noah Piugattuk and his family live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the…

Programs

Exploring Inuit Culture Curriculum

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Exploring Inuit Culture Curriculum is one of a host of multimedia units of instruction designed by Isuma—Inuit independent production company—to teach students about the Inuit, native people of the Canadian Arctic, and Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada established in 1999. This particular curriculum is unique not only for subject…

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