27/09/2015 3 pm
Candice Hopkins and Natasha Ginwala discuss the work of Arvo Leo and Pudlo Pudlat.
Image: Drawing by Pudlo Pudlat, 1976-77 - Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts

At its heart, this conversation is centered on encounters, from the artist Arvo Leo’s chance discovery of a book about one of the most prolific, yet little known artists in Canada, to Pudlo Pudlat’s own drawings, over 4000 renderings that reveal the Arctic landscape as a site of transition, a region that from 1940s onward, was inundated with new technologies, new religion, and ideas that radically changed the way of life for those in the far north. Looking critically at the conditions of production, the conversation will provide a background on the development of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in the 1950s. In a place where paper currency was a relatively recent introduction, the program introduced art-making as a means to replace incomes lost after the collapse of the fur trade. Collectively, Pudlat’s drawings reveal a cosmology. In them, fish pull airplanes, humans ride muskox, and seals have the ability to teleport to the sky. Arvo Leo's encounters in Cape Dorset extend these readings of Pudlo's world as drawings transfigure into a fresh interrogation of landforms, community practices and the rhythm of Inuktitut songs. By way of acoustically and visually engaging with scenes of daily life, human-animal relations and intricate contingencies of the Canadian Arctic in a time of ecological shift, Fish Plane, Heart Clock unravels an organic correspondence between the camera and the drawing.

- Candice Hopkins and Natasha Ginwala - 

Practical information:
Language: English
entry: 3€

About the speakers:

Candice Hopkins (b. 1977 Whitehorse Yukon, Canada, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre. She received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Hopkins’ writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Fillip, the National Museum of the American Indian, among others, and she has lectured widely including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Artists Space, and the Dakar Biennale. In 2012 Hopkins presented a keynote lecture on the “sovereign imagination” for dOCUMENTA (13). Recent curatorial projects include Before The Internet: Networks and Art at Western Front, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (co-curated with Lee-Ann Martin, Steve Loft and Jenny Western), a multi-site exhibition in Winnipeg, and Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada (co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde). Hopkins is the co-curator of Unsettled Landscapes, the first in SITE Santa Fe’s newly reimagined biennial exhibitions focused on new art from the Americas. She is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art.

Natasha Ginwala is a curator, researcher, and writer. Recent projects include My East is Your West featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale, Mind Moves Matter at L' appartment 22, Rabat, Corruption...Everybody Knows with e-flux journal, SUPERCOMMUNITY issue. She was a member of the artistic team in the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke). From 2013-15 she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, David Roberts Art Foundation, NGBK (as part of the Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures Network), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and other partner organizations (with Vivian Ziherl). Ginwala trained in Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU in New Delhi and participated in de Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam (2010-11). She has written on contemporary art and culture in journals such as The Exhibitionist, e-flux journal, Ibraaz, Afterall and has contributed to numerous publications.