Online Talk with Katherine Takpannie: On the Intersection of Life and Art


Katherine Takpannie: On the Intersection of Life and Art

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

Join PAMA for a lunch and learn with photographer Katherine Takpannie. Takpannie will explore her trajectory as a young and emerging artist and the personal stories that have inspired her work. Drawing on her cultural background and life style as a modern urban Inuk, Takpannie merges traditional communal stories with current political realities to shed light on Inuit issues of our time whilst celebrating the beauty of a varied Northern people on their land.

This program will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. Registration is required and a link to access the event will be sent the week of the program. Click here to reserve your spot.

Katherine Takpannie’s work is currently on view outside at PAMA, taking centre stage on PAMA’s outdoor banners. Seen from behind, she is a solitary figure enveloped by the whiteness of a snow-covered, winter landscape. Evoking a sense of meditative calm in which the female figure becomes one with her surrounding, Takpannie is reflecting on the connection of the Inuit people to the sublime land, and the female body in its reproductive state as mother nature. Takpannie who is pregnant with her first child signals the dawn of new life through her amautik (a mother’s parka).

This outdoor exhibition is free of charge and is on view until January 3, 2022.


Artist Bio:

Katherine Takpannie is an urban Inuk whose family is originally from Apex Hill, Nunavut. However she was born in Montreal, Quebec. Takpannie is a self-taught, emerging photographer who wants to reveal the complexities and nuances of urban Inuit life. Having lived 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 program. The program focuses on the Nunavut Agreement and it’s 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.