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2021 exhibitions

Katherine Takpannie - Napaaqtulik (Forest)

March 4 to July 4, 2021

dark image with tall trees

Katherine Takpannie, untitled (from the Vanier series), 2018, digital inkjet print, 91 x 61 cm, courtesy of the artist

pathway with steps in a green forest

Katherine Takpannie, untitled (from the Vanier series), 2018, digital inkjet print, 91 x 61 cm, courtesy of the artist

The digital photographs in this exhibition, which are taken from the artist's Vanier series, capture a walkthrough of Vanier’s Richelieu Park, one of Ottawa’s hidden woodlands. Dark was the forest on this day, offering just glimpses of shimmering light that playfully danced through large leaves. In the still silence of nature, between every second tree, is a doorway into a new world - a place to restore oneself.

Biography

Katherine Takpannie is an urban Inuk, born in Montreal, whose family is originally from Apex Hill, Nunavut. Takpannie is a self-taught, emerging photographer who wants to reveal the complexities and nuances of urban Inuit life. Having spent most of her life in Ottawa, her work speaks to the Ottawa that she sees. Her visual language expands out from lifestyle portraiture to include lush landscapes and gritty urban scenes.

Takpannie also captures performative and political gestures, hoping to bring reflection on issues that Canadians face daily. Katherine is a proud alumni of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut post-secondary program which focuses on the Nunavut Agreement and its implementation, political science, research, Inuit-government relations, contemporary issues, Inuit history and Inuktitut. Katherine aims to help raise awareness and bring forth important conversations through her work.

Lori Victor – Roots

July 15 to November 7, 2021

colourful sticks wrapped in bands of colour

Lori Victor, Roots (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, chicken wire and plaster, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artist

long sticks wrapped in bands of colour and placed in forest

Lori Victor, Roots in spring (detail), 2019, digital print, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artist  

Roots represents a path where we strive to find a way forward both individually and collectively. Moving forward depends on how we feel within ourselves and how we come together to create relationships with others. The intertwined chaotic “roots” are meant to represent all “roots” and are made from the artist’s repurposed paintings. The photographs then take these roots to various relatable settings.

Biography

Lori Victor, a full-time visual artist in Ottawa, Canada, has exhibited her work since 2006. Her practice includes and often integrates installation, painting, photography and video. Lori's work questions and reflects subjects such as cultural history, identity, the environment and climate change. She creates hand-constructed representational or abstracted shapes and forms, and uses accessible materials, such as found and manipulated objects. Her abstract paintings include both organically and mechanically painted imagery. Her canvas is often used as a material to manipulate through cutting and folding rather than just as a support. Much of her work evolves from systems theory – the knowledge that we are all part of a larger whole – both physically and metaphorically. Lori completed an MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2017 and earned a BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011. She was awarded a City of Ottawa Creation and Production grant in 2020.

Michèle Provost - Home truths / La vie en vrai

November 18, 2021 to March 13, 2022

maquette of white building on fake green grass

Michèle Provost, Home Truths / La vie en vrai (installation detail), 2019, folding boxes, digital prints, foamboard, model train grass, 60 x 51 x 76 cm, courtesy of the artist

Home truths / La vie en vrai borrows the M.O. of the condo sales pitch to celebrate the beautiful complexity of human lives. Integrating musical lyrics and literary quotes, the artist’s work aims to infuse a bit of substance into the absurd ideals promoted by marketing strategies in order to rehabilitate the simpler moments, sometimes less glorious, that define real life.

2021 Exhibitions Peer assessment committee members: Anna Eyler, Jennifer Anne Norman, Benjamin Rodger