Ilitarivingaa? Do You Recognize me?
August 7 to October 30, 2004
18.5 x 12.8 x 10cm
Gift of the Swinton Family, Winnipeg, 1994
While a piece of driftwood is a natural part of the Arctic shoreline, the wood itself comes from a strange and unknown forest in another part of the world. Ilitarivingaa? is an Inuktitut word that means "do you recognize me?"
This project delves into the interplay between cultures and ages that defines our contemporary experience in Indigenous communities. As Inuit in the modern world, we have undergone great change in the past century, making our societies both familiar and unfamiliar in many ways. It is impossible for a single person to make an overarching statement about culture and art, but with this exhibition, I am joining friends, peers and respected members of my society in contemplating our collective Inuit identities.
- Sarah Laakkuluk Williamson -
August 7 - 22 , 2004
Tauqsiijiit means "the people who exchange objects and ideas" in Inuktitut. Tauqsiijiit at the AGO brings together artists and youth from the far north, an island rez and the urban south in temporary media lab modeled after a northern drop-in centre.
Visitors are invited to enjoy northern hospitality, participate in ongoing productions and converse with the artists and youth involved. Daily transmissions from the media lab will explore representations of northern and southern cultures from the perspectives of Inuit and First Nations youth.
Participating artists include: De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group, Igloolik Isuma Productions, Qaggiq Theatre, 7th Generation Image Makers, Siqiniq Productions, Daybi and others artists from the Planet IndigenUS Festival.
Participating Organizations include: Tungasuvvingat Inuit Youth Drop In Centre (Ottawa), 7th Generation Image Makers (Native Child and Family Services of Toronto); Debajehmujig Theatre Group (Wikwemikong) and Qaggiq Theatre (Iqaluit).
Generously supported by:
The Volunteers of the Art Gallery of Ontario
With assistance from First Air.
Media Lab presented in partnership with Charles Street Video.
Additional support for this project has been received from: the Canada Council for the Arts;Department of Canadian Heritage through the Museum Assistance Program; Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre; the Judith Mastai Fund; the Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth; the Ontario Arts Council; Victoria University at the University of Toronto and Vtape.