You will see a dynamic integration of old, modern and contemporary works and experience innovative programming that weaves their stories together.
INUA has two meanings:
• Spirit, or life force, a concept used throughout the circumpolar world which conveys how the Centre is celebrating Inuit
• Acronym for Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (‘Inuit Moving Forward Together’) which articulates the collective vision for the new Qaumajuq as a site where Inuit from throughout Inuit Nunangat can, together, collectively gather, share, be inspired by previous generations, and create new pathways forward in Inuit art.
Building on a long history of collecting and exhibiting Inuit art of all media, Qaumajuq, beginning with INUA, will share the largest public collection of Inuit art on earth with the world. The exhibition represents the WAG taking next step in engaging in a meaningful and fulsome way with Inuit—artists, cultural workers, and people in general.
INUA positions the WAG as world-leader in creating exhibitions led by Indigenous communities. It is a clear indicator of the Gallery’s commitment to reconciliation, Indigenization, community engagement through learning, and meaningful dialogue.
INUA brings together work created in a range of media by approximately 40 Inuit artists from across the northern Canada, as well as some living in the urban South. The exhibition will also feature a selection of works by circumpolar Indigenous colleagues and, in some cases, collaborators from areas such as Alaska and Greenland. INUA also celebrates the past work of Inuit artists, who have always embraced the future, drawn from existing collections.
Curated by an all-Inuit team representing the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit territories of Canada:
- Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Hopedale/Happy Valley-Goose Bay), Special Advisor to the Provost, Advancing Indigenous Knowledges; University Research Chair, Circumpolar Indigenous Arts; Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University; and Co-Chair of the WAG Indigenous Advisory Circle
- Krista Ulujuk Zawadski (Igluligaarjuk/Chesterfield Inlet), Curator of Inuit Art for the Government of Nunavut; Multidisciplinary PhD candidate; Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award Recipient
- Kablusiak (Somba K’e/Yellowknife), Sobey Art Award shortlisted multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist
- Asinnajaq (Inukjuak), Curatorial team member for Canada’s Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale; multidisciplinary artist
- Jocelyn Piirainen (Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay), WAG Assisant Curator of Inuit Art
- Nicole Luke (Kangiqtiniq/Rankin Inlet & Igluligaarjuk/Chesterfield Inlet), Exhibition Designer; Masters Program, Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba