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Ilitarivingaa? Do You Recognize me?

August 7 to October 30, 2004

Ilitarivingaa? Do You Recognize me?

Atchealak, Kasuradjuk
Good/Evil, 1978
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 -

Nunavut - Qulangisi
Our Land - Episode 7 ( Seal Pups )
Director: Zacharius Kunuk
Copyright Igloolik Isuma Productions, 1995
Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario

On view August 7 - October 30, 2004

August 7 - 22 , 2004
12-5 Daily

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.

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