Kablusiak is a renowned multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist and curator who uses Inuk ingenuity to create work in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, lingerie, white flour, soapstone, permanent marker, bed sheets, felt, acrylic paint, and words. Their work explores the dis/connections between existence in the Inuit diaspora while maintaining family and community ties, the impacts of colonization on Inuit gender and sexuality expressions, as well as on health and wellbeing, and the everyday. Kablusiak holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta University of the Arts in Mohkinstsis, where they are currently based. In 2021, Kablusiak was part of a team of 4 Inuit curators who curated the inaugural exhibition for Qaumajuq, entitled INUA. In all of their creative work Kablusiak seeks to demystify Inuit art and create the space for Inuit-led representation of the diverse aspects of Inuit cultures.  Kablusiak’s work can be found in the collections of the Indigenous Art Centre, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and Global Affairs Visual Art Collection among others.

Image Caption: Piliutiyara (saltwater taffy), 2020,  32″ x 48″,  LED Lightbox with transmuted Lightjet Duratrans,  Image Credit: Norberg Hall

PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Kablusiak

November 24, 2020 - January 29, 2021

Artist Kablusiak’s billboard Piliutiyara is on view at 180 Shaw Street through November, 2020, to January, 2021, and is co-presented in partnership with Gallery TPW in the context of their ongoing project MOVEMENTS.

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