Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World and Ghost Noise + Panel

This program will begin with an introduction by Dr. Nancy G. Campbell, guest curator of Shuvinai
Ashoona: Mapping Worlds, speaking about the Inuit contemporary artist whose work has found broad appeal around the globe. Next, the two films screen with a short break in between: Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World (dir. Annette Mangaard, 2010, colour, 64 min.) brings the audience to the community of Cape Dorset and the acclaimed Kinngait Studios, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. The film follows Inuit artists whose lives and artwork reflect the ongoing social and environmental changes that are transforming the north— including Shuvinai Ashoona.

From artists working in their studios, to their community life, the dramatic  landscape of Baffin Island is an inspiration for many artworks. Ghost Noise (dir. Marcia Connolly, 2010, colour, 23 min.) leads the viewer into the world of third generation Inuit artist, Shuvinai Ashoona. The film mirrors the poetry found within Ashoona’s
meticulously detailed drawings that deftly reflect personal experience, psychological perception, Inuit mythology and the arctic landscape. As Ashoona states, “Everything’s a ghost noise… It’s good to listen to them but it’s not good to learn it.” Following both films, remain for a discussion with Nancy G. Campbell and Annette Mansgaard, director of Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World. Josh Heuman, TPP’s Curator of Education & Public Programs, will moderate the conversation and integrate questions from the audience.