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Nak Alariaq

Spending a large part of my life growing up in Kinngait (Sikusiilaq/Cape Dorset), I am familiar with the Kinngait Studios print shop, and local Kinngait history. I have developed my writing, research and curatorial practice while studying in post-secondary school and while working in the field of art and curatorial studies. My studies and research provide a unique Inuk-Finnish perspective in the development of Inuit art in Canadian art institutions and in the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region.  
I began my PhD at Concordia University under Dr. Heather Igloliorte‚Äôs supervision with a focus on Inuit art history and curatorial practice from an emic Inuit perspective September 2020. The doctoral study will focus on contemporary circumpolar Inuit art from the Qikiqtaaluk region from an Inuit perspective, involving all twelve costal communities outlined in the region.  My hope is that my writing will connect Inuit to our local histories to foster a sense of pride in our Inuit heritage by highlighting Inuit accomplishments, self-determination and resilience through an arts lens.

Thesis Title: TBD

Supervisor: Dr. Heather Igloliorte

Research Interests:

  • Inuit art
  • Qikiqtaaluk Art
  • Arctic Art
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