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: Gathering Place is on view September 19 – November 30. For more information, visit artmuseum.utoronto.ca. Additional work by Isuma is on view at Small Arms Inspection Building.
ᐃᓱᒪ / Isuma (founded in 1990 and based in Igloolik, Canada) is Canada’s first majority Inuit-owned media production company. Known internationally for films written, directed and performed in Inuktitut, including the Caméra d’Or award-winning Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) and One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019), ᐃᓱᒪ represented Canada at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). In 2021, ᐃᓱᒪ started the world’s first Indigenous language television station, Uvagut TV, currently broadcasting 24/7 to over 600,000 homes across Canada.
Learn more about Isuma’s practice by listening to Zacharias Kunuk on episode 6 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Art Museum at the University of Toronto
The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is comprised of the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) at University College and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. Just a few steps apart, the two heritage sites and contemporary galleries were federated in 2014, working as one entity. UTAC was opened in 1996 after the founding of the Barnicke Gallery in 1983. University College and Hart House sit at the former site of McCaul’s Pond, which was created in the early 1860s by damming Taddle Creek, once a breeding ground for salmon.
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