Towards Something New and Beautiful + Future Snowmachines in Kinngait, an installation for Every. Now. Then. at the Art Gallery of Ontario curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) with Quill Christie-Peters (artist and youth educator), Anique Jordan (artist, educator and activist) and Laura Robb (AGO Interpretive Planner).

Opening: July 28, 2017. 6-9pm. On until December 10, 2017. 

https://ago.ca/events/summer-public-opening

http://designlinesmagazine.com/pa-system/

Our installation includes work that we have done collaboratively, under our collective name PA System, and work that we have done collaboratively with our best friends, the youth that we work with in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), as Embassy of Imagination. We have work in two sites at the gallery as part of this exhibition: the window to the left of the main entrance on Dundas st. and in the 4th floor gallery.

Towards Something New and Beautiful + Future Snowmachines in Kinngait, features collaborative works by Christine Adamie, Lachaolasie Akesuk, Moe Kelly, David Pudlat and Nathan Adla. Together, we have created sculptures of snowmobiles cast from aluminum from the remains of their old school (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cape-dorset-arson-reaction-1.3773094). A limited edition of these aluminum-cast sculptures are available for purchase to fund a locally-run Elders and youth land-trip program in Kinngait. Funds from the sales of our works as PA System will support future Embassy of Imagination projects for the youth of Kinngait. 

Kinngait youth artists featured: 

Playdough snowmobiles: Taqialuk Nuna, Cie Taqiasuk, David Pudlat, Moe Kelly, Koonoo Akesuk, Latch Akesuk, Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq, Saaki Nuna, Janice Allooloo, Christine Adamie, Nathan Adla

Video documentation of Piliriqatigiinginiq: Lachaolasie Akesuk, Parr Josephee, Aoudi Qinnayuaq, Cie Taqiasuk, Julieta Arias, and Moises Frank

Video documentation of EOI summer projects Tunnganarniq (Fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive) and Pijitsirniq (Serving and providing for family and/or community): Ezeevalu Samayualie, Johnny Samayualie, Taqialuk Nuna, Cie Taqiasuk, Parr Josephee, David Pudlat, Moe Kelly, Koonoo Akesuk, Latch Akesuk, Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq, Saaki Nuna, Janice Allooloo, Christine Adamie, Iqaluk Quvianaqtuliaq, Annie Oshutsiaq, Ruth Jaw, Kevin Allooloo, Johnnybou Taukie, Jordan Taukie, Salomonie Ashoona, Harry Josephee, Kelly Ashoona, Daniel Qiatsuk, Maryanne Taqiasuk and Charlie Pudlat.

 

Embassy of Imagination video installation at front of Art Gallery of Ontario.

Embassy of Imagination video installation at front of Art Gallery of Ontario.

Towards Something New and Beautiful + Future Snowmachines in Kinngait. Installation in the 4th floor gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Towards Something New and Beautiful + Future Snowmachines in Kinngait. Installation in the 4th floor gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Photo by Pamela Jarrett

Photo by Pamela Jarrett

Linocut block and print, aluminum casts made from playdough snowmobile by Lachaolasie Akesuk (age 16), Nathan Adla (age 13), and Christine Adamie (age 13),  handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

Linocut block and print, aluminum casts made from playdough snowmobile by Lachaolasie Akesuk (age 16), Nathan Adla (age 13), and Christine Adamie (age 13),  handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

Figures made from 3D scans of our young friends in Kinngait cast from copper from the former Peter Pitseolak School in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU). Casting help from Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Figures made from 3D scans of our young friends in Kinngait cast from copper from the former Peter Pitseolak School in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU). Casting help from Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Playdough snowmobiles, aluminum cast of playdough snowmobile by David Pudlat and Moe Kelly (age 12), handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

Playdough snowmobiles, aluminum cast of playdough snowmobile by David Pudlat and Moe Kelly (age 12), handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

Aluminum casts of playdough snowmobiles by Lachaolasie Akesuk (age 16), Nathan Adla (age 13), and Christine Adamie (age 13),  handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

Aluminum casts of playdough snowmobiles by Lachaolasie Akesuk (age 16), Nathan Adla (age 13), and Christine Adamie (age 13),  handwritten notes of Embassy of Imagination dreams, calacatta marble

 

 

PROCESS:

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au cœur de nos vies et dans l’ensemble du Canada.

THANK YOU:

Adla Qinnayauq

Evie Kelly

Lindsay Aranoff

George Farmer, Nick Hooper, Violet Chum, Indigenous Visual Culture Program, OCADU Foundry Department, OCAD University

Steve Ferrara & Lisa Martin, Well and Good

David Hannan

Pamela Jarrett & Peter Pitseolak School

David Joanasie, MLA South Baffin, Nunavut

Sean Martindale

Mersky Family

Giles Spence Morrow, Archaeology Centre, U of T

Waukomaun Pawis & Connected North

Pinguartuk Family

Josie Taukie

The Hamlet of Cape Dorset

Ryan Taylor, Kesha Frank, Fair Trade Jewellery co

The families of the youth artists

Julieta Arias

Kenny Lam

Kier Medland

Arianna Behan

Annyen Lam

Pudy Tong

Flora Shum

Glenn Hatanaka

Deborah Hatanaka