Contemporary Inuit Art Curating and Making: Heather Igloliorte and Taqralik Partridge in Conversation

This event is presented by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia with support from the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies and The Critical Image Forum, a Public Humanities Hub-funded research cluster.

Taqralik Partridge installation view in Among All These Tundras at the Esker Foundation, curated by Heather Igloliorte and Amy Prouty. Photo by John Dean. From Esker Foundation press release: “​​Taqralik Partridge, 'Tusarsauvungaa,' 2018 Series of NINE elements Cotton, polyester, wool, silk, glass beads, metal beads, Canadian sealskin, reindeer leather, thermal emergency blanket, Pixee lures, plastic tarp, Canadian coins, tamarack tree cones, dental floss, artificial sinew, goose feather and river grass.” Overlaid is text advertising the event "Contemporary Inuit Art Curating and Making: Heather Igloliorte & Taqralik Partridge in Conversation" Feb 8, 5:30PM at UBC-V.

5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia

This event is free and open to the public.

Please join us for a dialogue between Heather Igloliorte and Taqralik Partridge. The speakers will discuss their previous collaborations as well as broader issues in curating and producing contemporary Inuit Art in institutional and community contexts.

Dr. Heather Igloliorte, an Inuk-Newfoundlander from Nunatsiavut, has been an independent curator for seventeen years. Her major curatorial projects include INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together) (2021-23); Among All These Tundras (2018-21); Decolonize Me (2011-15); SakKijâjuk (2016-2019); the Memory Keepers series (2019-2020) and ARCTIC XR/ ARCTIC AR, presented in conjunction with Árran 360° at the Sámi Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2022. In addition to maintaining a curatorial practice, Igloliorte teaches curatorial studies, critical museology, and global Indigenous art history at Concordia University, where she holds the Tier 1 University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and is an associate professor in the Department of Art History. Igloliorte co-directs the Indigenous Futures Research Centre and directs the nation-wide Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project (2018-25).

Taqralik Partridge is the Associate Curator of Indigenous Art – Inuit Art Focus at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Prior to joining the AGO in 2022, Partridge served as director of the Nordic Lab at Galerie SAW Gallery and adjunct curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph. She has also worked as communications director for Avataq Cultural Institute and editor-at-large for Inuit Art Quarterly. In 2018, she was named a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize. She is a member of the Inuit Leadership Group for Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project. Partridge’s work has also been included in the Biennale of Sydney (2020) and Among All These Tundras (2019). She has released a book of poetry, Curved Against the Hull of a Peterhead (2020). In 2022, she was co-curator for the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s first major Indigenous-led exhibition, Angirramut / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home.

Taqralik Partridge installation view in Among All These Tundras at the Esker Foundation, curated by Heather Igloliorte and Amy Prouty. Photo: John Dean.