In December, the residents of Cape Dorset became the newest community in Nunavut to return to their traditional name Kinngait, which means “where the hills are”. They are the eleventh community in Nunavut to do so, and we’re thrilled to be working with Dorset Fine Arts on this project, a non-profit organization who act as a bridge between the rest of Canada and the artists of Kinngait.
Kinngait is hailed to be the most artistic community in Canada, with upwards of 22% of the population earning their living through art. Since the 1950s, Cape Dorset, which calls itself the “Capital of Inuit Art”, has been a centre for drawing, printmaking, and carving. In the 21st century, printmaking and carving continue to be the community’s main economic activities. Each year, Kinngait Studios issues an annual print collection
This print collection has served as the inspiration for a massive 80 foot-wide projection work by local media artist Lee Skinner. A media artist and director from Hamilton Ontario, Lee Skinner is drawn towards presenting an aberrant mix of gritty and ethereal aesthetics. His pursuits have included music videos, time-based media art installations, and VJ work. Aiming to instill a sense of wonder in the viewer, Lee is constantly seeking new ways to experiment with the moving image.
Skinner says “When I experience Inuit art, I feel as though I’m seeing a glimpse of the true identity of the north. There is a history and ecosystem that informs this art that is so vastly different from my own experience, that it inspires endless thought and reflection on the subjects and styles utilized.”