Exhibit by Kinngait artist Shuvinai Ashoona to open in Glasgow next month

Show will feature some of Ashoona’s lesser-known works

Shuvinai Ashoona, Pregnancies in Universe (2014), colour pencil on paper. (Image courtesy of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative)

By Emma Tranter

A new exhibition opening at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland next month will feature work from the world-renowned Kinngait artist Shuvinai Ashoona.

Known for her colourful and detailed pencil drawings of life in Nunavut, Ashoona has shown her work all over the world, from Moscow to Mexico.

“Her works often reflect upon the creation of new life, community and the magic of different worlds—connecting with people, animals, histories and contemporary cultures otherwise,” a news release from the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative stated.

Kinngait artist Shuvinai Ashoona, pictured here at the Kinngait studios in 2016, will show her work in Glasgow, Scotland, next month. (File photo)

The exhibition will feature some of Ashoona’s lesser-known works, many of which depict life in Kinngait, the release said.

“As a body of works, her drawings reflect the shift from life on the land and ice to settled communities, and the complexity of contemporary life in the wake of Arctic colonialism,” the release said.

Along with her depictions of everyday life, the exhibition also feature fictionalized “other-worldly scenes.”

“Many works in the show position the viewer (or artist) as voyeur, animal, hunter and participant,” the release said.

The exhibition will be accompanied by texts from Inuk visual artist and filmmaker Assinajaq and curator Candice Hopkins, along with films by the Isuma artist collective.

The exhibition opens at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts Feb. 7, 2020, and runs until March 22, 2020.

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