Presented in conjunction with the exhibition ᓱᕕᓇᐃ ᐊᓲᓈ : ᓄᓇᙳᐊᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᙳᐊᓂᒃ (Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds).
Untitled (woman giving birth to the world), 2010, Shuvinai Ashoona | Courtesy: John Cook. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Inuk artist asinnajaq reads a new suite of poems written in response to Ashoona’s Untitled (woman giving birth to the world), 2010, followed by a collective analysis and writing workshop focusing on select works in the exhibition.
asinnajaq, also known as Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk, is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer and curator based in Montreal. asinnajaq’s practice is grounded in research and collaboration, which includes working with other artists, friends and family. In 2016 she worked with the National Film Board of Canada’s archive to source historical and contemporary Inuit films and colonial representations of Inuit in film. She included the footage she pulled in her short film Three Thousand.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television nominated the film for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. asinnajaq is part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.