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.
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.
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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