Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North. In today’s instalment, a video from our documentary archive.
The art and artists from Canada’s Arctic are famous around the world.
Starting in the 1960s, the print programs set up in Inuit communities like Cape Dorset, Baker Lake, Ulukhaktok (Holman) and Puvirnituq cultivated some of Canada’s most well-known Canadian artists and printmakers of the 20th century including people like Kenojuak Ashevak, Helen Kalvak and Jessie Oonark.
The Cape Dorset print program is still going strong, but over time, many of the other Arctic print programs have folded or scaled back.
But despite this, important work is still being done in many of these communities.
In this video, Eye on the Arctic takes you in studio with Jimmy Kamimmalik, an artist and printmaker working in Baker Lake, a community in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.
During our visit, Kamimmalik talks about the community’s artists, images and how the changing Nunavut landscape inspired one of his recent works.
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Finland: London gallery offers multimedia Sámi art, Yle News
Greenland: Canadian artist explores Greenland’s past, Eye on the Arctic
Russia: Karelian art on show in Russia, Yle News
Sweden: Swedish Sámi visual artist shaping climate changes, Radio Sweden
United States: ‘I Am Inuit’ goes from Instagram to museum in Anchorage, Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network