Journey into Fantasy – in Inuktitut, Ingirrajut Isumaginnguaqtaminnut – featured the work of Inuk artist Pudlo Pudlat and celebrated the one-year mark for the collaboration with York University in Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH).
The interactive media installation, alongside original works by Pudlo Pudlat, also included the unveiling of a sculpture produced for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, performances by spoken-word artist Nelson Tagoona, Cape Dorset artist interviews with curator Christine Lalonde, as well as imagery and soundscapes by Geronimo Inutiq (aka madeskimo).
Professor Anna Hudson, Lead Researcher for MICH, at York University, said: ‘Cultural health is the core element of this knowledge, identified as the basis for every other kind of health for Inuit because in it resides the sense of identity, the collective social supports for the individual, and the sense of belonging grounded in positive relationships that nurture individuals and communities now and for future generations. An Inuit worldview aesthetic lies at the heart of Inuit cultural capacity and directs our research into the link between traditional storytelling and “modern” and contemporary visual art and performance through digital storytelling, circumpolar festivals, and exhibitions.’
Curated by Elyse Portal in conjunction with her work as a York University Research Assistant at the McMichael for the MICH project.