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2017 Biennale di Venezia

Kananginak Pootoogook at the 2017 Biennale di Venezia

Untitled (Successful Walrus Hunt) 2009, ink and coloured pencil on paper Brooklyn Museum, Loan and promised gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Edgar and Josephine Guarino, L2014.2.



Dorset Fine Arts and Kinngait Studios is pleased to announce that the work of Cape Dorset Inuit artist Kananginak Pootoogook (1935-2010) will be included in the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.Taking place 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy, the Biennale Arte is one of the world's largest and most prestigious international art exhibitions. Pootoogook is the first Inuit artist to participate in this significant visual art event. This exciting Biennale Arte 2017 addition enhances the global profile of Cape Dorset artists and reinforces the role of Inuit art on the international stage. Kananginak Pootoogook will be represented by a selection of 10 drawings and among these pieces are some of his later ink and coloured pencil on paper works, which depict the material culture of the Inuit.


Untitled (Self-Portrait of Kanaginak Drawing a Wolf) 2009, ink and coloured pencil on paper

Untitled (Self-Portrait of Kanaginak Drawing a Wolf) 2009, ink and coloured pencil on paper


The community of Cape Dorset is thrilled to see one of its most prolific creators featured at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Long recognized as one of Canada's most important Inuit artists, Kananginak Pootoogook's debut at this prestigious exhibition ensures a place amongst his international colleagues. - Pingwartok Ottokie, President of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative


Untitled 2010, ink and coloured pencil on paper

Untitled 2010, ink and coloured pencil on paper


The exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, is curated by Christine Macel and includes the work of 120 invited artists from more than 50 nations. Kananginak Pootoogook joins fellow Canadians Jeremy Shaw and Hajra Waheed in this sprawling installation that occupies space in La Biennale di Venezia's historic Arsenale and Giardini venues.


VIVA ARTE VIVA is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. VIVA ARTE VIVA is a biennale designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they propose, the questions they pose, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose.- Christine Macel, Curator of the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia