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Katherine Takpannie - Napaaqtulik (Forest)

March 4 to July 4, 2021

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

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

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

Artist talks: Friday, October 29, 12:30 and 1:30 pm
*12:30 pm time slot is SOLD OUT
** Second time slot added! Friday, October 29 at 1:30 pm
Location: City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa City Hall
All visitors must pre-book on Eventbrite.
Free admission. Presented in English.

Event protocol:

Please check the latest Ottawa Public Health safety guidelines prior to your visit.

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

colourful sticks wrapped in bands of colour

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

long sticks wrapped in bands of colour and placed in forest

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.

Mana Rouholamini – being | née | être | born

November 22, 2021 to March 20, 2022

Mana Rouholamini – being | née | être | born (installation view), photo: David Barbour

installation view

Mana Rouholamini, Entre le vertige et l’insaisissable (Between vertigo and the elusive), 2021, digital print on polypropylene, 368 x 119 cm, courtesy of the artist

tourbillons abstraits noirs et bleus avec quelques taches de rouge sur un fond blanc

Are wars eternal? Am I an accomplice if I forget about them for a short while? Is violence perpetual? Am I an accomplice if I forget it? Is injustice eternal? Am I an accomplice if I forget about it? At what moment are we born? Is it the day on our birth certificate or is it, as Armand Gatti suggested, the day we become conscious that we are living amongst others? The exhibit being | née | être | born explores these questions, the confusion along the way, and the effort to not lose hope.

Biography

Mana Rouholamini explores the notions of identity, language and the meaning of words through the prism of different languages using installations, drawings, in situ actions, prints, artist books and digital prints. Her work is nourished by literature, proverbs, traditions and folkloric stories that she tries to actualize and contextualize.