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Kablusiak: akunnirun kuupak

Kablusiak, Boot Lake Road, 2018. Photograph. Courtesy of the Artist & Jarvis Hall Gallery.

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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.

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Jessie Ray Short is an artist, filmmaker and independent curator whose cross disciplinary practice involves memory, visual culture and Métis history. In the past 10 years she has exhibited work nationally and internationally at venues including The Banff Centre for the Arts, M:ST Performative Arts Festival, Calgary AB, and at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival in Wairoa, Aotearoa (NZ). Jessie Ray has been the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. As a curator she has had the opportunity to work on various projects most notably Jade Carpenter: Mourn at City of Calgary Open Spaces Gallery and Mixed Berries: Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett at Gallery 2, Grand Forks, BC. She has worked for the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, based in Edmonton, AB, and currently works as a program coordinator for TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB. Jessie Ray holds an MA degree from Brock University with a focus on contemporary Métis visual culture.

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