Double Vision: Jessie Oonark, Janet Kigusiuq, and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

The Textile Museum of Canada and Toronto Biennial of Art present the exhibition

ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision
ᔭᓯ ᐆᓇᖅ Jessie Oonark
ᔮᓂᑦ ᑭᒍᓯᐅᖅ Janet Kigusiuq
ᕕᒃᑐᕆᔭ ᒪᒻᖑᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃ Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

ON NOW – March 31, 2023
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ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision profiles three ground-breaking artists from Nunavut—Jessie Oonark (1906 – 1985) and her daughters, Janet Kigusiuq (1926 – 2005) and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk (1930 – 2016)—and shines a light on a highly distinctive art form called nivinngajuliaat that developed out of government-sponsored craft programs in the Arctic, beginning with the sewing program in Qamani`tuaq (Baker Lake) established in the 1960s.

Nivinngajuliaat, or wall hangings, were conceived by the seamstresses of the community. These brightly stitched textiles feature graphic appliquéd images, often enhanced with embroidery, centering on the dynamics and interrelationships between people and animals. Through these artworks, Double Vision looks at the matriarchal practice of Oonark and two of her daughters, and how women artists in Qamani`tuaq mentored one another in producing unique aesthetic and conceptual lineages. The exhibition brings together artworks from public and private collections from across Canada and features remarkable examples of nivinngajuliaat alongside seldom seen drawings by Oonark and Mamnguqsualuk and paper collages by Kigusiuq that relate to both the technique and content of the wall hangings.

Curated by Candice Hopkins as part of the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art. For more information, please visit torontobiennial.org.

Candice Hopkins (she/her) is the Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019 and 2022) and oversees new art commissions, exhibitions, and publications. Most recently co-curator for Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, SITE Santa Fe’s 2018 Sitelines Biennial and the Canadian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial, Hopkins has developed major international exhibitions, including Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (2013), National Gallery of Canada, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (2011), Plug In ICA, and, dOCUMENTA 14 in Kassel and Athens (2017). She has been published widely and lectures internationally and is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art. Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

The Textile Museum of Canada aims to inspire understanding of the human experience through textiles. We are the only museum in Canada delivering programs and exhibitions dedicated solely to textile arts. The Museum ignites creativity, inspires wonder, and sparks conversation through the stories held within our global collection of textiles, and active engagement with contemporary art practices. For more information, visit: textilemuseum.ca, IG: @textilemuseumofcanada, Twitter: @TMCtoronto, and FB: Textile Museum of Canada.

The Toronto Biennial of Art’s mission is to make contemporary art available to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local and international Biennial artists transform the city and surrounding regions with artworks, talks, and performances that reflect local contexts and pressing issues of our time. The Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to inspire people, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations. The inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art launched in 2019 and was a popular and critical success, welcoming nearly 300,000 local and international visitors to 15 sites that featured 161 artists and performers. The 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art will be presented March 26 – June 5, 2022. The Biennial provides expanded views of contemporary art practices, including significant contributions by artists from Black, Indigenous and POC communities, and is establishing a legacy of free and accessible contemporary arts programming in Toronto, Mississauga, and the surrounding GTA. For more information, visit: torontobiennial.org, @torontobiennial, and #TObiennial22 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Image: ᔭᓯ ᐆᓇᖅ Jessie Oonark, Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), 1906–1985; Untitled, c. 1972–1973; Wool felt on wool duffle. 129.5 x 85 cm. Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection. On long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2.76.2.

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