FUSE Magazine Launches Spring Issue, “North”
We are proud to announce the 15 March release of our spring issue, the second in our States of Postcoloniality series.
The North has become a hot topic in arts and culture as new developments proliferate on climate change, Arctic sovereignty and uranium mining. With the March 15 release of their spring issue, FUSE Magazine makes a notable contribution to this trend by foregrounding Inuit perspectives. Using their signature blend of coverage on arts and current events, FUSE brings together reflections on the Arctic Council, Inuit knowledge of climate change and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the work of renowned contemporary artists such as Billy Gauthier, the Art and Cold Cash Collective, Mark Igloliorte, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield.
Through the writing of scholars Jackie Price and Ravi de Costa and Labrador Elder Lucas Ittulak, the Short FUSE section introduces themes of Inuit knowledge, self-governance and truth-telling. The issue features an essay by the Art and Cold Cash Collective that extends their work on the market for Inuit to a consideration of “postcolonial double difference” in Baker Lake, Nunavut. A feature interview by Heather Igloliorte with sculptor Billy Gauthier reveals the combination of technical innovation and Inuit knowledge and beliefs that has lead to his critical acclaim.
Featuring the bold design work bold design of Mirjam Linschooten (Paris) and Sameer Farooq (Newink, Toronto), the visually arresting issue includes a postcard project by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield that straddles the cultural and geographic gulfs separating Iqaluit, Nunavut and New York, NY.
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is an uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask) dancer, a storyteller and a poet. She is a Kalaaleq (Inuk) based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Uaajeerneq is enshrined at the hearth of Greenlandic performance: a clownish dance that is highly sexualized, frightening and hilarious. It teaches children about panic, adults about boundaries—or the lack thereof—and examines the limits of human experience in the unknowable immensity of the universe. Bathory published in an anthology of Canadian poetry Pith and Wry (2010), and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Psychiatry at McGill University.
Maria Hupfield is Lady Moonrider, a silver suited time traveler. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Hupfield explores universal conditions, locating the body as a site of resistance and agency through the use of actions, objects and images. Her work is currently on display in Beat Nation (Vancouver Art Gallery). In 2011, she participated in The Big Draw held at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (New York), and her work was featured in the winter edition of BlackFlash Magazine. Hupfield has an upcoming residency at the Museum of Art and Design (New York) for the exhibition Changing Hands III. A graduate of the MFA program at York University, Hupfield holds a BA Specialist in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She is a member of Wasauksing First Nation (Ontario).
Jackie Price is currently a doctoral student at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. As Northern communities continue to engage in international Arctic governance debates, her research explores the importance of wellness in Inuit responses to debates on Arctic sovereignty and security. Specifically, Jackie’s research engages with the decolonizing meaning, potential, and need of terms like “wellness” in articulating what contemporary Inuit governance means in a post-land claims era. She is Inuk from Nunavut, and considers Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit her home, but she is also comfortable living in Ottawa, Ontario, and Cambridge, UK.
Vanessa Dion Fletcher is an emerging artist working in Toronto. She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Indigenous Studies. Dion Fletcher is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on printmaking and performance. Being a unilingual English speaker with Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry has motivated her to consider ideas of fluency and understanding; in her most recent work, she explores themes of communication, identity and the body. Dion Fletcher was recently part of the exhibition A Stake in the Ground: Contemporary Native Art Manifestation (Art Mûr, Montreal).
Lucas Ittulak was born in Ikigasakittuk, Northern Quebec, on April 9, 1940, to parents Joshua and Maggie Ittulak. After his mom passed away at the age of six, his family moved to Northern Labrador and his father remarried to Lily Ittulak. He does not remember moving from Northern Quebec, but remembers the land Ramah. When they first moved to Labrador, Lucas attended school for three years in Nain. He remembers only being taught in Inuttitut, and when he tried to speak in English he would get spanked. Most of Lucas’ life was spent out on the land hunting, and to this day, he still hunts and traps at the age of 71.
Lucas Ittulak inolisimajuk Ikigasakittumi, taggâni Quebec-imi Aprel 9, 1941-nami angajukKânut Joshua ammalu Maggie Ittulâkkonut, anânanga inogunnainiammat nolautsimajut sâksinik jâriKatluni Taggânut Labradorimut. Atâtanga aippatâgiallaniatluni Lillu Ittulâmut. IkKaumangituk noniammat Taggânit Quebecimit, tâvatuak ikKaumajuk nunamik taijaumik Ramah. Sivullimi Labradoriliagami Lucas ilinniaviliasimajuk pingasunik jârinik, ammalu kisianni Inuttitut ilinniatitautluni ammalu uKasimajuk uKâvigogasuagami Kallunâtitut âniuttatauKattasimajuk patittauKattatlunillu. Lucas inosinga iniKaluasimajuk nunatsuami, ammalu ullumimut pinasuaKattajuk mikigianiaKattatlunillu 71-nanik jâriKajuk ullumi.
Ravi de Costa was born in Ireland and lived in Russia, Papua New Guinea and for a long time in Australia before settling on Haudenosaunee and Mississauga territories in 2003. He is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto), where his work focuses on the ways that states and societies have sought to engage with Indigenous peoples in recent decades, and Indigenous peoples’ responses to these. This includes reconciliation processes and apologies in Australia and Canada, treaty-making and Indigenous activism in the global context. His publications include A Higher Authority: Indigenous Transnationalism and Australia (UNSW Press, 2006) and Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age, co-edited with Mario Blaser and Deborah McGregor (UBC Press, 2010).
Inuit writer, Ruby Arngna’naaq, and Inuit artist, William Noah, both originally from the region near Baker Lake, Nunavut, and Jack Butler, Sheila Butler and Patrick Mahon, contemporary Canadian artists who have lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic, constitute the Art and Cold Cash Collective. In 2004, a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) gave renewed impetus and support to their collaboration. The new funding enabled the Art and Cold Cash Collective to continue its art production/research program on a more ambitious scale, which included community-based activity in Baker Lake, Nunavut, among an array of creative initiatives. The term “collective” is important for the group in that it implies a multiplicity of voices inflecting the whole project, foregrounding the still-evolving differences and connections that their investigative work demonstrates. This text begins with the shared voice of the group, and is later enriched by the differing perspectives of Collective members.
Mark Igloliorte is an Inuk artist attending the Master’s of Fine Art, Studio Art Painting and Drawing at Concordia University. His work encompasses performance, sculpture, painting, drawing and new media. In 2006 he received a project grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to attend the aboriginal visual arts residency ‘Storytelling’ at the Banff Centre. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in four provinces and has contributed to the artist book The Book Of…, which has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada. He holds both a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Major in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Agata Durkalec is completing her MA in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She has five years of experience participating in research in Inuit contexts. This includes coordinating research on wastewater treatment in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, organizing community-based sea ice monitoring programs in communities in Nunavik (Quebec) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador), and conducting her current research on the relationships between health, place and risk in relation to travelling on sea ice in Nunatsiavut. She originally hails from Szczeciń, Poland, and has spent most of her life living on Anishinaabeg lands in the cities of Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario.
Billy Gauthier is a NunatuKavut (Métis Inuit) sculptural artist who lives and works in North West River, Labrador. Gauthier is a self-taught artist represented by the Spirit Wrestler Gallery of Vancouver, BC. In 2011, he was awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) Emerging Artist of the Year, and his complex multi-media sculptures have become highly sought-after by both private collectors of Inuit art as well as museums and galleries across Canada and internationally.
Heather Igloliorte is an Inuit curator and art historian from the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on Labradorimiut arts and cultural history, and will be joining the faculty at Concordia University as Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Art in the summer of 2012. Igloliorte’s recent curatorial practice includes the contemporary Indigenous art exhibition Decolonize Me at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2011), and in 2010-2011 she contributed essays to Curating Difficult Knowledge; Inuit Modern; Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism; and Native American Art at Dartmouth (Hood Museum of Art).
Anna Hudson was Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario before joining the Visual Arts department at York University in 2004. She has curated numerous exhibitions including: The Nude in Modern Canadian Art, 1920–1950 (with Michèle Grandbois), which received the 2011 Canadian Museums Association Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research. She publishes regularly on Canadian art, and continues to pursue research in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: The Toronto Community of Painters, 1933-1950, in addition to a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada supported project on Breaking the Boundaries of Inuit Art: New Contexts for Cultural Influence.
Amy Zion is an editor at Fillip and a 2012 MA candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.
Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, administrator, and occasional curator and critic based in Toronto. He is currently editing an anthology of writings about the media arts in Toronto and a critical anthology on filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.
Bart Gazzola is an artist and writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and past Editorial Chair for BlackFlash magazine. He has published articles in BlackFlash, Canadian Art and FUSE, and is the host and producer of radio show The A Word on CFCR 90.5 FM or cfcr.ca—past guests have included Ruth Cuthand, Jayce Salloum and Jeff Thomas. Gazzola is currently the gallery coordinator at AKA Gallery (Saskatoon), and the art critic for Planet S magazine.
Amy Fung is a roaming cultural commentator, arts writer and event/exhibition organizer. She believes reading Deleuze and Guattari is akin to taking hits of acid—important to try, but not too often.
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Image credit: Laakkuluk Willamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield, From the Moon to the Belly, 2012. One of seven postcard images.