Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds | Vancouver Art Gallery

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  • This exhibition brings together a selection of drawings created by the Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona over the past two decades. In many of her drawings, Ashoona references traditional Inuit imagery—from quotidian life to the mythic—and she is celebrated for the imaginative way she combines these and other cultural references to develop a sophisticated and highly personal iconography. Derived equally from her environment and her imagination, Ashoona’s work is fed by her fascination with horror films, comic books and television. In this exhibition, visitors will encounter Ashoona’s wide-reaching interests that blur boundaries between the worlds of reality and fantasy, past and future.


    OPENING RECEPTION TALK: February 22nd  11am, Room 4East

    Free for Members or with Gallery Admission. Registration is Required.

    Join independent curator and Inuit art expert Dr. Nancy G. Campbell on opening weekend of the exhibition Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds to discuss the artist’s work and her outstanding contributions to the visual arts in Canada and beyond.

    Dr. Campbell’s lecture will provide insight into the artistic traditions of Northern Inuit communities, and she will share stories from her travels to the North, where she developed close relationships with Shuvinai Ashoona and others artists working in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). She will also discuss the positioning of Inuit art within mainstream contemporary art markets and how it has been segregated from other Indigenous art in museums.


    Nancy G. Campbell has been an independent curator and scholar of contemporary and Inuit art since 1993. She has held numerous curatorial positions including guest curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, curator at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (now the Art Gallery of Guelph), University of Guelph; director of the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough; adjunct curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; and curator of special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2014 to 2015, she served as the editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Her current research focuses on contemporary Inuit drawing. Dr. Campbell holds a Masters’ degree in Art History and Arts Education from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in Art History from York University.


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