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Profile of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook to debut on Canadian Arts Network

by admin ~ March 14th, 2007

Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook is the subject of a 30 minute documentary by Marcia Connolly to appear on Bravo! (April 1 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT). Her work has drawn a great deal of attention in the last several years, after being featured in an exhibit by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, and winning the Sobey Art Award in 2006. She has three generations of artists in her family, each with a distinguished career promoting new media, and their own individual narrative perspective on Inuit life and culture. Her work has the distinct power of taking the mundane, and making it into an icon of cultural or individual struggles and drawing viewers into the unresolved tensions of contemporary Inuit life and realities. She says of her work: “I see and I do – I’m very happy that I can put down on paper what I’m feeling inside or what I have in my head. I cannot draw anything that I myself did not experience.” Noted Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan says of the film: “Marcia Connolly has created an extraordinary documentary – Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself into Pootoogook’s community in Cape Dorset, creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare. This is one of the finest portraits of an artist I have ever seen.” For further information, you can view the site(media)inc. preview of the documentary and news sources listed below, or the CBC photo essay on her recent work.

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