Gallery 1C03: Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border, February 27 - April 11

Alootook Ipellie:

Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte
and Christine Lalonde
Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Exhibit dates: February 27 – April 11, 2020

Gallery 1C03 is pleased to host this touring exhibition honouring the work of Inuit artist and writer Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007). Alootook Ipellie was born at Nuvuqquq on Baffin Island and grew up in Iqaluit before moving to Ottawa as a young man. He started working as a translator, illustrator and reporter for Inuit Monthly (renamed Inuit Today) in the early 1970s, and later was its editor. Through his widely read poems, articles and essays, Ipellie gave voice to important cultural, political and social issues affecting Inuit Nunangat, with humour and immense patience.

Ipellie was a prodigious artist, creating hundreds of political cartoons, serial comic strips including "Ice Box" and "Nuna and Vut,"and larger drawings, of which those published in his book Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993) are well known. This first retrospective of Alootook Ipellie's extraordinary work draws from the many aspects of his career, demonstrating the importance and continued relevance of his voice and vision.

This circulating exhibition has been produced by Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario) and has been made possible in part by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Gallery 1C03 also acknowledges financial assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage for making it possible to host this exhibition as well as the support of the Manitoba Inuit Association.

Affiliated public programming:

Poetry reading: March 24, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm in Room 2M67 at The University of Winnipeg.
Featuring Duncan Mercredi, Özten Paul and Marie-Anne Redhead.

South of Inuit Nunangat – A Conversation: April 3, 2:30 – 4:00 pm in Convocation Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Featuring exhibition co-curator Heather Igloliorte in conversation with Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Nicole Luke and Jocelyn Piirainen.

Reception: April 3, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Closed April 10.

Accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level of Centennial Hall. There are accessible and gender-neutral washrooms on campus. Please consult the accessibility map on the University of Winnipeg website for more detailed information. Admission to the gallery and our programming events are free and everyone is welcome.

ASL can be arranged for the poetry reading, conversation, reception and exhibit tours with two weeks' advance notice by contacting the Gallery.

Image: Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007), The Death of Nomadic Life, the Creeping Emergence of Civilization (2007), ink on illustration board. Estate of the artist. Photo by Justin Wonnacott, courtesy Carleton University Art Gallery.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator

Gallery 1C03, 1st floor Centennial Hall

The University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Ph: 204-786-9253



Jennifer Gibson (she/her)


Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

P: 204-786-9253

The University of Winnipeg is located on Treaty One territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.