Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: An acknowledgement of (Inuit) cultural well-being
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Bagnani Hall
The final lecture in the North at Trent 2018 Lecture Series will be offered by Dr. Anna Hudson, art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian art and visual culture. Formerly associate curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice. She currently serves as acting director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University.
Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) is a York University-based six-year project that facilitates and examines the intersection of contemporary and traditional Inuit creative practices (including video, new media and television, sculpture, printmaking, material culture and oral tradition) of the northern circumpolar region. In so doing MICH maps the advancement of the eight Guiding Principles of Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (I.Q.) or Inuit Traditional Knowledge. This mapping recognizes that cultural health is the core element of I.Q., and is the basis for every other kind of health because in it resides a sense of identity, collective social supports for individuals, and the sense of belonging grounded in positive relationships that nurture individuals and communities now and for future generations (Tagalik, 2009-2010). Is putting cultural health first a radical act of decolonization not just for Inuit but for all of Canada?
Dr. Anna Hudson is an art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian Art, Curatorial and Indigenous Studies. Formerly associate curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice. Dr. Hudson is currently leading Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH), a six-year (2012-2018), $3.5 million SSSHRC-supported research-creation collaboration aimed at recovering, preserving, documenting, facilitating and disseminating Inuit knowledge, culture and creativity. This multi-media, multi-platform project brings together 10 academic researchers and nine partner organizations, and employs a dozen Inuit and non-Inuit community members, graduate students and artists. Partner organizations include the Nunavut software start-up, Pinnguaq, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Department of Education, the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), the International Sámi Film Institute, and the Sami Centre for Contemporary Art.
All welcome, a reception will follow.
Posted on November 28, 2017