ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
Jan 07
Aug 30 2020
exhibition

‘ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ  ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ  Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios’ presents the little-known story of a group of Inuit artists and printmakers who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) in the 1950s and 60s — a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land.

Made for interior décor during a period when artist-designed textiles were popular in North America and Europe, these mid-century designs depict legends, stories, and traditional ways of life. They provide vital points of connection between contemporary Inuit community members and the creativity and resourcefulness of previous generations.

‘ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ  ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios’ traces the evolution and impact of this textile initiative on Inuit graphic arts and explores its legacy through the work of Inuit fashion designers working today: Martha Kyak of InukChic; Nooks Lindell of Hinaani Design; and Tarralik Duffy of Ugly Fish.

We would like to thank the many individuals in the North and the South who worked with us to shape this project. Your generosity and willingness to share stories, memories and experiences will build an unprecedented legacy for generations to come.

CURATORIAL LEAD: Roxane Shaughnessy
PROJECT PARTNER: West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Participants
Featured artists and printmakers: Anna Kingwatsiak (1911–1971), Anirnik Oshuitoq (1902–1983), Eegyvudluk Pootoogook (1931–2000), Innukjuakju Pudlat (1913–1972), Ishuhungito Pootoogook (1939–), Iyola Kingwatsiak (1933–2000), Kananginak Pootoogook (1935–2010), Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013), Lukta Qiatsuk (1928–2004), Lucy Qinnuayak (1915–1982), Mary Samuellie Pudlat (1923–2001), Osuitok Ipeelee (1922–2005), Ovilu, Parr (1893–1969), Paunichea (1920–1968), Pitseolak Ashoona (1904–1983), Pudlo Pudlat (1916–1992), Sharni Pootoogook (Sharnee) (1922–2003), Sheouak (1923–1961), Sorosilutu Ashoona (1941–), Ulayu Pingwartok (1904–1978)
Acknowledgements
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
Credit: Installation view. Photo: Darren Rigo
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
Credit: Installation view. Photo: Darren Rigo
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
Parr (1893–1969), Parr’s People (detail); cotton sateen twill; screen printed; L 488 x W 114; On loan from the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative; T2017.20.112. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts.