Kablusiak, Boot Lake Road, 2018. Photograph. Courtesy of the Artist & Jarvis Hall Gallery.
akunnirun kuupak stems from a trip back to Inuvik, part of Kablusiak’s ancestral territory, in the summer of 2018 as part of the TD North/South Exchange residency program. The residency trip marks the first time Kablusiak returned to the area as an adult. During the residency period, Kablusiak had the chance to remount their performative ghost series, which they have been working with over the past several years. The ghost serves as a foil for understanding their identity as an urban Inuk who is part of the growing Inuit diaspora. In bringing the ghost performance to Inuvik after a long absence and presenting the culmination of this work in Edmonton, Kablusiak reconnects to an important part of their being while simultaneously creating a presence for Inuit wherever they may be.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Jessie Ray Short. Presented by Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.