The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) in the Canadian province of Manitoba is planning huge outdoor projection of Inuit art starting Friday, in the run up to the opening of Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre.
Qaumajuq is slated to open in late March. The 20-minute projection featuring Inuit art will play on a loop between 6pm and 10pm local time on Fridays and Saturdays starting February 26 and ending March 27.
“Qaumajuq is all about celebrating the North in the South, and this series of projections is an amazing example of that,” said Stephen Borys, WAG’s director and CEO, in a news release.
“The light of Qaumajuq is shining brighter as we get closer to the opening of the Inuit art centre in just a few weeks, and we invite everyone to come out for this safe outdoor activity.”
The projection will feature work by Newfoundland and Labrador-born artist Glenn Gear and Nunavut filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, along with Inuit artists featured in Qaumajuq’s inaugural exhibition INUA.
Nunavut-born Geronimo Inutiq scored the project.
“I was happy to work with Geronimo Inutiq on bringing together these wonderful videos by leading Inuit artists today, Glenn Gear and Zacharias Kunuk, who are transcending traditional media to tell Inuit stories on screen – and now, in outdoor public spaces – extending Qaumajuq’s reach beyond the building’s boundaries and into our community,” said Jocelyn Piirainen, WAG’s assistant curator of Inuit art.
Clips available on website in coming days
Qaumajuq means “it is bright, it is lit” in Inuktitut, one of the Inuit language dialects in Canada.
The 40,000-square-foot-building will showcase Inuit art and culture from Canada as well as from other Inuit regions like Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka.
Selections of clips from the projection will be featured in the coming days on WAG’s social media and on their website www.wag.ca
Write to Eilis Quinn at Eilis.Quinn(at)cbc.ca
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