Up Front: Tarralik Duffy
Nuit Blanche 2023 at Onsite Gallery
Tarralik Duffy, Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite Gallery
September to December 2023
Nuit Blanche 2023: September 23, 7 p.m. – September 24, 7 a.m.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate the latest iteration of Up Front: Inuit Public Art @ Onsite Gallery on the mesmerizing occasion of Nuit Blanche 2023 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 through to Sunday, September 24.
Prepare to experience the captivating work of multidisciplinary artist and designer, Tarralik Duffy. As the sun sets and the stars light up the night sky, Duffy’s unique and critical vision will come to life on the façade of Onsite Gallery’s street-level, animating downtown Toronto with a vibrant portrayal of the North meeting the South.
About Tarralik Duffy
Tarralik Duffy is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works between Salliq (Coral Harbour), Nunavut, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. From jewelry and apparel to graphic works and soft sculpture, Duffy’s work shares distinctly Inuit experiences, which are often infused with a dose of humour and pop culture.
Fresh Pop is part of Duffy’s ongoing examination, which finds her spotlighting the prominence of everyday objects that have become customary to contemporary Inuit culture and iconic in the North.
Duffy is the 2021 winner of the Inuit Art Foundation’s Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award and presents solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2023.
About Up Front:
In partnership with the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF), Onsite Gallery presents Up Front, a new series of commissioned digital murals by Inuit artists. Onsite Gallery recognizes the important contributions of the Inuit art sector and is pleased to work with the IAF to support Inuit art and artists in the public realm.
The Inuit Art Foundation is the only national organization supporting Inuit artists working in all medias and geographic areas. IAF empowers and supports Inuit artists’ self-expression and self-determination through its many platforms, including the Inuit Art Quarterly (IAQ), Canada’s largest art magazine, the IAQ Profiles, artist services, awards, scholarships and mentorship opportunities.
Up Front: Inuit Public Art @ Onsite Gallery is made possible with the support from the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund and the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.
For more information about the Inuit Art Foundation and Onsite Gallery’s collaboration, visit here.
Onsite Gallery’s current exhibition On Americanity and Other Experiences of Belonging will be open to visitors on the occasion of Nuit Blanche.
The exhibition is guest curated by Analays Álvarez Hernández and Colette Laliberté and features Canadian and international artists including Patricio Dávila + Immony Mèn, Estey Ducuara, Eddy Firmin, Fredy Forero, Alexandra Gelis, Caroline Monnet and Ximena Velásquez Sánchez.
Please see our website for more information.
About Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and new media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.
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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery