Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads at Qatiktalik

September 28 - December 12, 2021

Threading together cultural belongings, photographs, artworks and narratives that speak to the living history of Qatiktalik

In this exhibition, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski takes a close look at a particular place: Qatiktalik (Cape Fullerton). Located on the northern shores of western Hudson Bay, it was a vital hunting and traveling area for Inuit. Many Inuit draw connections to and share stories about this place today.

Qatiktalik’s “footprint” extends far beyond Inuit Nunaat. It has long been shaped by intertwining encounters between Inuit and outsiders. It was an overwintering site for American whalers at the turn of the 20th century and the location of a short-lived trading post and a police  garrison.

Krista was raised in Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet), the closest contemporary community to Qatiktalik. Her grandparents have a traditional family camp nearby, where she continues to spend extended periods of time with her children.

Nuvisi means “to thread something,” or “to thread the needle with thread.” In this exhibition, Krista explores how these places, people and histories are threaded to one another, at Qatiktalik.

Through photographs, cultural belongings, texts, artworks and stories, she explores how Inuit, including her family, engage with the place and with the cultural material that comes from there. Nuvisi demonstrates the connections Inuit make with this special place, and how such engagements with living history are powerful experiences.

Curated by

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski

Artists in the exhibition

Isuma, Ippaktuq Tasseok, Pierre Nauya, John Kaunak, John Kavik, John Tiktak, Emily Joanasie, Miranda Qanatsiaq, Augatnaaq Eccles, A.P. Low, Geraldine Moodie, George Comer


The Nuvisi exhibition and public programs are generously supported by Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project