Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations
11 January–9 August 2020
Davies Foundation Gallery


Thursday 16 January 2020
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

Curated by Nakasuk Alariaq, Linda Grussani and Tamara de Szegheo Lang

This exhibition features video works, ephemera and production material created by Arnait Video Productions, the world’s leading women-centered Inuit filmmaking collective. Arnait represents the voices of Inuit women across generations, addressing traditional knowledge and contemporary life. This exhibition is part of Arnait’s March 2020 artist residency at Queen’s Vulnerable Media Lab, which includes intergenerational dialogues, workshops, and screenings.

Members of Arnait Video Productions include Madeline Ivalu, Susan Avingaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, and Marie-Hélène Cousineau. As of 2019, Arnait has produced over twenty works, including three fiction features, a documentary feature, two television series, twelve short and mid- length documentaries, one short and one mid-length fiction film, and two animated films.

Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is presented in collaboration with  Archive/Counter-Archive and the Vulnerable Media Lab.

Oana Spinu, Before Tomorrow (production still), copyright Arnait Video Productions, 2009

Oana Spinu, Before Tomorrow (production still), copyright Arnait Video Productions, 2009

Online Film Screening

From 15-29 July 2020

Through the films and video work of the Arnait Video Productions, the exhibition Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations brings focus to the kin-centered outlook of Inuit women in the Arctic. The films are the result of women collaborating and creating stories, united in sharing their distinct life experiences. They reveal the process of filmmaking, oral traditions and conversations across families and generations.

From 15-29 July 2020, Agnes was pleased to present online the following two films from the exhibition:

Qulliq (Oil Lamp), 1993, video with sound, colour, 10 m 21s, Inuktitut w/English subtitles. Collection of Arnait Video Productions.

Before Tomorrow, Marie-Hèlène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, 2008, video with sound, colour, 92m 47s, Inuktitut w/English subtitles. Collection of Arnait Video Productions.

The films are available to screen within the exhibition until 9 August 2020.

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