FEATURE INTERVIEW: Inuk aritst Mark Igloliorte on how skateboarding inspires his work

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Mark Igloliorte is an Inuk artist from Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He grew up in the Labrador town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Igloliorte draws heavily from both Labrador Inuit culture and urban culture in his work.

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture is a Canadian exhibition featuring everything from painting and drawings to installations by indigenous artists.

Currently showing in Montreal, Canada’s Musée d’art contemporain, Igloliorte’s works in the exhibition meld skateboarding culture with Inuit symbols and traditional games like the blanket toss.

On the opening day of Beat Nation in Montreal, Mark Igloliorte sat down with Eye on the Arctic to discuss his work and why urban culture and Inuit traditions may not be as far removed from each other as people think.

Related Links:

Mark Igloliorte’s website

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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