When the exhibition Kenojuak Ashevak: Life and Legacy opens at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on Jan. 17, residents in Cape Dorset will be able to watch via broadcast at Kinngait Studios, despite being 2,200 km away.
The academic institution’s College Art Gallery will be the first venue to host the national touring exhibition, which will showcase some never-before-seen drawings from West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative’s archives.
In addition, there will be a publication launch, presenting dozens of Kenojuak’s prints side by side with their original drawings, according to the Kinngait Arts Foundation. Silaqi Ashevak, Kenojuak’s daughter, wrote the foreword, reflecting on life with her renowned mother while curator Leslie Boyd provides “a full, touching history of this pioneering artist of the far North,” Kinngait Arts Foundation stated in a news release.
The University of Saskatchewan will be the site of the exhibition until April 17.
Kenojuak Ashevak, who lived from 1927-2013, “was part of a pioneering generation of Arctic creators. She enjoyed an illustrious international career and continues to be recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent artists and cultural icons,” stated Kinngait Arts Studios.