A blend of traditional and contemporary authentic Inuit art is set to be exhibited at a new display. INUA is the first exhibit at the Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg. Most people have ideas about what Inuit art looks like, with the traditional carvings and sculptures lasting into modern day for us to admire. The truth is that Inuit art covers many more forms, especially now in that modern society has opened up many more avenues for exploration. Because it's made by Inuit people and from the foundation of their rich and traditional culture, the objects and images remain true to the definition.
The INUA display is planned to open on the 27th of March and will exhibit thousands of works belonging to the Inuit culture. Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut, or "Inuit Moving Forward Together", is the flagship art outreach project for this part of the world. The ancestral native residents of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska deserve to have their culture put on a platform just like the artists of western society. This isn't about personality or celebrity but culture, richness, and diversity. It's important to make the contrasts of folk art accessible for all so that their meanings and symbols can be drawn upon and put to work in explaining modern day situations that matter to everybody.
On display are a range of items that stretch from antique wood carvings to 21st century projects such as a seal-skin spacesuit. A traditional food-source for Inuit people, every part of the animal is utilised for community use. By adapting this traditional textile for a futuristic design, the stamp of modernity and survival can be made by this garment. A group of Inuit tailors were taken to the Canadian Space Agency to take a look at the real thing and this impression was the basis for what they ultimately created.
The whole exhibition takes a range of concepts and puts them to work within works of art. The culture of the Inuit people is explored and retold in a plethora of design media. With so many pieces available to witness and read about, there's no excuse to be blasé about this rich collection of stories. So many treasures and layers to society can be seen and applied to our view on the world by visiting places such as these. By widening our perspective on our society and making room for stories that explain life in new ways it can only help to build more stable and higher reaching communities.
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