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Exhibition: Land of Plenty – Gjoa Haven Sculpture
March 27, 2021 - April 17, 2021
Uqsuqtuuq, the Inuktitut name for Gjoa Haven, loosely means “plenty of blubber,” referring the many sea mammals that are local to the area. The community is also abundant in its artistic creativity. Uqsuqtuuq sculptures have always been renowned for their spiritual energy, characterized by eccentric facial expressions and exaggerated forms seen in depictions of shamans, hunters, and animals. Land of Plenty: Gjoa Haven Sculpture brings together a number of contemporary works that carry on the powerful tradition of the Uqsuqtuuq style. The exhibition will feature sculpture from senior carvers like Uriash Puqiqnak while also introducing works by newcomers John Keknek, Moses Kamookak, and Jeffrey Ullulaq.