Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art: ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ  Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear), August 5 - September 24

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery

ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ Alakkaajut
ᓵᓂᐊ ᑭᓚᖁ-ᑰᒻᔅ (Anchorage, Alaska)
ᒧᐊᕆᓐ ᑯᕉᐱᓐ (Tuktoyaktuk, NT)
ᓯᓱ ᒧᑕᓕ ᐴᒡ (Trondheim, Norway)

ᑕᑯᔭᕋᑦᓴᓂᒃ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᑦᑎᓯᔨ: ᑕᕐᕋᓕ ᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ (Ottawa)
Exhibition Designer: Stefan St-Laurent (Ottawa)

ᑎᓂᑐᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᑕᑯᑦᓴᐅᓂᖕᖏᑐᑦ ᐊᓚᒃᑳᑎᓲᖑᕗᑦ. ᑕᕝᕙᓂᑦᓭᓈᕈᓐᓇᓴᕐᓂᕈᒪ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓕᕋᔭᕐᑐᖓ ᑎᓂᓐᓂᒥᐅᑕᓂᒃ.
ᑎᓂᓐᓂᒦᑦᑐᑦ ᐅᔭᕌᐲᑦ ᑯᐊᓐᓂᐲᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᕈᓗᐃᓪᓗ ᐊᑐᓂ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᒍᓐᓇᓯᑦᓴᕐᓂᕈᑭᑦ, ᐊᑦᔨᐅᖏᑦᑑᓂᖏᑦ

ᐊᑦᔨᒌᖕᖏᑐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᑕᕕᓃᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᕐᑕᑐᒥᐅᖑᒻᒥᔪᓄᑦ ᕿᒻᒥᕐᕈᒐᑦᓴᐅᓕᕐᒥᔪᑦ, ᑌᔭᐅᒍᓯᖃᕐᓱᓂᓪᓗ
'ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ'. ᐊᕐᕌᒎᓚᐅᕐᑐᒥ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᑐᕕᓃᑦ ᓵᓂᐊ ᑭᓚᖁ-ᑰᒻᔅ, ᓯᓱ ᒧᑕᓕ ᐴᒡ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒧᐊᕆᓐ ᑯᕉᐱᓐ.
ᐊᒥᓲᓕᕐᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᑦᔭᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᐱᓴᓱᐊᕐᑕᕕᓃᑦ, ᑲᓱᒪᓲᑦᓴᔭᐅᓱᑎᓪᓗ. ᐱᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖅ ᐱᐅᔪᐊᓘᕗᖅ. ᐅᑎᕐᑖᓗᑦᓴᕋᓗᐊᕐᐸᖅ
ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕐᑕᕆᔭᖅ, ᐅᑎᕐᑕᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᔫᕈᓐᓇᒥᒻᒪᑦ.

ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ Alakkaajut
(Many Things Appear)

Running dates: August 5 to September 24, 2022
Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 2022. Time 5pm to 10pm
Artist Talk: TBA

Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Anchorage, Alaska)
Maureen Gruben (Tuktoyaktuk, NT)
Sissel M. Bergh (Trondheim, Norway)

Curator: Taqralik Partridge (Ottawa)
Exhibition Designer: Stefan St-Laurent (Ottawa)

When the tide goes out, what was hidden becomes seen. And if the tide
stayed out for a very long time, if we stood in one place long enough to
examine each stone and saltwater pool, each piece of seaweed, each small
creature, we might notice all their differences and all their

The exhibition Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear) features works by
circumpolar artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Sissel M. Bergh and Maureen
Gruben, most of which were created in the past year. These works
presented together are the products of repetition—not copies, but
multiples that belong to each other. With Alakkaajut, we have a moment
to ask what is the value of a word, a thought, a movement completed many

Artist biographies

Iñupiaq and Athabaskan artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs was born in Bethel,
Alaska, in 1969 and raised in Nome. She holds a BFA from the University
of Alaska Fairbanks and an MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her
artwork references a sense of place, history, culture and family.
Kelliher-Combs is the recipient of numerous awards including the
Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, the Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor's Individual
Artist Award, the Arctic Education Foundation Academic Excellence Award
and the Best of Show honour at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska's Vision
of New Eyes exhibition. Her work can be found in numerous private and
public collections including those of the National Museum of the
American Indian, the Anchorage Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, the British
Royal Museum, the Institute of American Indian Art, the Museum of
Contemporary Native Art and the Alaska State Museum.

Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben explores intimate materiality as she
disassembles and re-combines disparate organic and industrial elements.
Polar bear fur, beluga intestines and sealskins encounter resins, vinyl
and bubble wrap, forging critical links between life in the Western
Arctic and global environmental and cultural concerns. Gruben holds a
BFA from the University of Victoria, and has exhibited regularly across
Canada and internationally. She was longlisted for the 2019 Aesthetica
Art Prize and the 2021 Sobey Art Award, and her work can be found in
major public and private collections. Born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk,
she has an implicit knowledge of Arctic land, and the rich but
increasingly precarious resources it offers for both survival and

Born in 1974, Sissel M. Bergh studied at the National Academy of Fine
Arts in Oslo and the University of Technology in Durban in South Africa.
She has lived and worked in Lusaka, Zambia, and is now based in
Trondheim, Norway. Bergh's work often seeks to reveal how South Sámi
history has been erased and how it may become visible again. Bergh uses
films, objects, painting and drawing as investigatory tools to delve
into concepts such as land, memory, power and magic. Bergh has shown her
work nationally and internationally, including at Kunsthall Trondheim,
Sámi Dáiddáguovdas, the Biennale of Sidney and the Göteborg
International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the
support of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI
FM, Wawanesa Insurance, Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Heritage, the
Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for
the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, the Government
of Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Nordic Council of
Ministers, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa, the Ottawa Community
Foundation, the Ottawa Art Society and SAW Gallery/the Nordic Lab.
~Miigwetch/ Hai Hai/ Ekosi / Merci/ Thank you