Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) will host a party to celebrate the opening of two fall exhibitions: Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border and Here Be Dragons.

When: Monday, September 17, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University

Info: This event is free and open to everyone. CUAG is a fully accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Opening remarks will be delivered at 6 p.m. by Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University (with ASL interpretation).

Media are invited to attend the event.

“We are excited to be opening two exhibitions that explore different ways that artists respond to significant political, social and cultural issues of their time,” said Sandra Dyck, CUAG director. “In Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border, the first retrospective of the late Inuk artist Alootook Ipellie, we see him approach such topics as resource extraction and the impact of colonization with great wit and biting satire. Here Be Dragons features the work of seven contemporary artists engaged in social critique.”

Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

This first retrospective of Alootook Ipellie’s work draws from the many facets of his extraordinary work as an artist, writer, editor and cartoonist, demonstrating the continued relevance of his voice and vision. Ipellie came to Ottawa for high school in the late 1960s, and stayed in the city until his death in 2007. Ipellie often described himself in terms of dualities: with a face “split equally in two halves—one Inuk, the other Qallunaaq,” “living in two different worlds.” His prodigious and unforgettable body of work is defined, at its heart, by his lifelong struggle to reconcile these two worlds. The exhibition is comprised of approximately 100 works, mostly ink drawings, which chart Ipellie’s exceptional, four-decade career. The drawings are loaned by public and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border is an internationally touring retrospective. It will be presented at Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (winter 2019); Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Iqaluit (spring 2019); Art Gallery of Hamilton (fall 2019); and Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg (spring 2020). A catalogue is forthcoming.

When: Exhibition open from Sept. 17 – Dec. 9, 2018

Features artist Alootook Ipellie

Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte and Christine Lalonde

About Here Be Dragons

Does critical art risk positioning viewers as the passive recipients of prescribed messages? Can art cut through ideologies to reveal urgent political truths? In Here Be Dragons, curator Emily Falvey explores these questions through the work of seven politically-engaged contemporary artists. Rather than attempting to instruct or persuade, they favour ambiguous or symbolic images that leave room for varying interpretations.

A singular image by Rebecca Belmore unites and deconstructs American national and colonialist myths. Laurent Craste transforms 18th- and 19th-century French porcelain vases into the purported victims of populist uprisings. Complex hand-cut collages by Juan Ortiz-Apuy parody the excesses of everyday consumerism. Sonny Assu and Scott Benesiinaabandan make sculptures and photographs, respectively, which respond to Canada’s colonial project through the examination of personal stories and historic events. Site-specific installations by Gisele Amantea and Sayeh Sarfaraz explore experiences and representations of civil war and state oppression.

When: Exhibition open from Sept. 17 – Dec. 9, 2018

Features artists Gisele Amantea, Sonny Assu, Rebecca Belmore, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Laurent Craste, Juan Ortiz-Apuy and Sayeh Sarfaraz.

Curated by Emily Falvey

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