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Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads
September 15 - September 12, 2021
Brian Zawadski, Aerial view of Qatiktalik, 2020
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, 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.
Krista Ulujuk Zawadski