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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

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.

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