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Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border

Gallery 1C03


Description: Black ink drawing of a man with long hair and glasses (Alootook Ipellie), stands facing the viewer. Framed by two vertical narwhal tusks, he is wearing a western style suit inside the frame. There are tickets to an Elvis Presley concert in one pocket, a pin beside his left lapel shows 4 figures wearing Inuit parkas, and an image beside his right lapel looks like a beer glass that is overflowing. On each side of the frame the man is wearing traditional Inuit parka. He holds a knife dripping with black liquid in his right hand and a harpoon in his left hand. In the background is a curving horizon line with an igloo in the upper left and a person travelling by dog sled team at upper right.

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.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2020, THIS EXHIBIT IS NOW CLOSED. Please visit us on our blog or social media via our Gallery Links to learn more about the artist and the exhibition as well as re-scheduling of public programming related to the exhibit (dates TBD). This includes a poetry reading and panel discussion. 

February 27 - March 13, 2020
Curated by Sandra Dyck, Heather Igloliorte and Christine Lalonde



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.


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

Accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level of Centennial Hall. There are accessible and gender-neutral washrooms on campus. Please consult the University of Winnipeg's accessibility map for more detailed information. Gallery admission is free and everyone is welcome.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 | j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca