A guest snaps a photo of Big Hello, an installation by artist Maureen Gruben of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. The work is part of Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear), the inaugural exhibition of SAW Gallery’s Nordic Lab. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Nordic Lab opens at Ottawa’s SAW Gallery

Opening night of Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear) exhibition featured music and food from circumpolar countries

By Madalyn Howitt

Artwork by Indigenous artists from circumpolar countries is on display in Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear), the first exhibition of the new Nordic Lab at Ottawa’s SAW Gallery.

The project had its grand opening on Nov. 19 and can be viewed until March 5. Artists whose work is on display include Sonya Kelliher-Combs of Alaska, Maureen Gruben of the Northwest Territories, and Sissel M. Bergh of Norway. Taqralik Partridge of Nunavik is the director of the Nordic Lab. 

Check out the slideshow below for photos from opening night.

  • The SAW Gallery in Ottawa is home to the new Nordic Lab, a research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations. The lab opened on Nov. 19. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)
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