The Urban Shaman Gallery writes:
Floe Edge: Contemporary Art And Collaborations From Nunavut
September 8 – October 14, 2017
Every spring, the dark open waters of the Arctic Ocean meet the frozen sea ice along a line called the floe edge. Sometimes also called “the line of life,” the floe edge forms a dynamic ecosystem where Arctic sea and land mammals, shorebirds, and humans congregate around large, flat, floating chunks of sea ice (floes) that move with the tide and melt with the changing temperatures. This “edge” (or sinaa in Inuktitut, the Inuit language) is constantly forming and re-forming, an active site that takes its name and shape not from fixity but from continuous movement.
The floe edge is an apt metaphor for the work of the artists presented in this exhibition, who—like the free-moving ice floes—have remarkably active and thoroughly intersectional practices that integrate personal, cultural, and historical narratives. Each one of them has talents spanning multiple disciplines, yet despite their incredibly varied and productive output, very few work solely as artists. Although all are recognized as artists who regularly show or sell their artworks, art is only one of the ways in which they contribute to and engage in their communities: they work as everything from public servants to entrepreneurs to members of cooperative print shops. They live as artists, activists, mothers, fathers, students, teachers, hunters, and adventurers. These multivalent identities—artist as community member and community member as artist—create cohesive and integrated work, as in Niore Iqalukjuak’s photographic practice documenting his community, local landscapes, Arctic wildlife, friends, and family.
Thank yous for the support and contribution to Calm Air, Deer + Almond, University of Maniotba School of Art, Axeneo7 and the Nunavut Arts and Craft Association. Special thanks to Home Depot (Polo Park location) and Windsor Plywood (Pembina Hwy location).
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Gallery
203-290 McDermot Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2, Canada