Alootok Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

  • Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Saturday, April 11, 2020
  • Time: 12:00am
  • Venue: Gallery 1C03, 1st floor Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage ave
  • Admission: Free
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Alootok Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border is a touring exhibition honouring the work of Inuit artist and writer Alootok Ipellie (1951-2007). Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte
and Christine Lalonde and produced by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Alootook Ipellie was born at Nuvuqquq on Baffin Island and grew up in Iqaluit before moving to Ottawa as a young man. He started working as a translator, illustrator and reporter for Inuit Monthly (renamed Inuit Today) in the early 1970s, and later was its editor. Through his widely read poems, articles and essays, Ipellie gave voice to important cultural, political and social issues affecting Inuit Nunangat, with humour and immense patience.

Ipellie was a prodigious artist, creating hundreds of political cartoons, serial comic strips including “Ice Box” and “Nuna and Vut,”and larger drawings, of which those published in his book Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993) are well known. This first retrospective of Alootook Ipellie’s extraordinary work draws from the many aspects of his career, demonstrating the importance and continued relevance of his voice and vision.

Reception: April 3, 4:00-6:00 PM at Gallery 1C03

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday 12:00-4:00 PM Saturday - 1:00-4:00 PM 

Image: Alootook Ipellie, The Death of Nomadic Life, the Creeping Emergence of Civilization (2007), ink on illustration board. Estate of the artist. Photo by Justin Wonnacott, courtesy Carleton University Art Gallery.