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Upcoming Exhibitions

Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte, Christine Lalonde

17 September – 09 December 2018

Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007) was born in the camp of Nuvuqquq on Baffin Island and grew up in Iqaluit before moving to Ottawa as a young man. He started working as a translator, illustrator and reporter for Inuit Monthly (renamed Inuit Today) in the early 1970s, and later was its editor. Through his widely read poems, articles and essays, Ipellie gave voice to important cultural, political, and social issues affecting the North, with humour and immense patience. Ipellie was a prodigious artist, creating hundreds of political cartoons, serial comic strips including “Ice Box” and “Nuna and Vut,” and larger drawings, of which those published in his book Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993) are well known. This first retrospective of Alootook Ipellie’s extraordinary work will capture the many aspects of his career, demonstrating the importance and continued relevance of his voice and vision.

Here Be Dragons

Curated by Emily Falvey

17 September – 09 December 2018

Gisele Amantea, Sonny Assu, Rebecca Belmore, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Laurent Craste, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Sayeh Sarfaraz
Although contemporary art is often synonymous with social critique, the recent rise of trumpism and other forms of right-wing populism has led many artists to abandon subtler critical forms, such as word play, irony and détournement, in favour of the more aggressive artistic strategies of resistance, activist and protest art. While such strategies certainly play an important role in the fight for social justice, they have also been criticized for perpetuating a relationship of mastery vis-à-vis their audiences. Does critical art cut through ideological fantasies to reveal urgent political truths? Or does it maintain a repressive intellectual paradigm in which the audience is considered ignorant and in need of education? The exhibition Here Be Dragons will explore these questions through the work of seven contemporary artists who participate in social critique without surrendering entirely to didacticism. Rather than attempting to instruct through clarification, these artists favour ambiguous or symbolic images that leave room for varying interpretations.