Creator(s): Inuit Art Foundation
Inukjuak Art History features approximately 300 digitized images of artworks and artists collected over half a century by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. The exhibit also draws on contextual research and first-person interviews with 21 artists gathered by Inuit Art Foundation researchers in the winter of 2009.
With the help of translator Annie Weetaluktuk and local organizer and IAF board member Siasi Smiler Irqumia, interviews and meetings with artists were conducted at the local co-op, a wall hanging workshop, and in their homes. The interviews not only ensured that the information appearing in Inukjuak Art History is correct, but gave researchers a better sense of how the artists feel about their work and how vital artmaking is to the community. The excitement of artists at seeing photographic reproductions of their work, which had long since left the North, spilled out into the community.
By presenting these resources online, Inukjuak Art History serves to support artists and cultural workers in Inukjuak as they extend their remarkable artistic achievements into the future.