“Artistic activity strives to open up obstructed passages and connect levels of reality kept apart from one another.” Nicolas Bourriaud
Noise Ghost and Other Stories
With an introduction by Barbara Fischer
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
60 pp 26 col. ill. 9 x 6.5 in hardcover
$15.00 Can. $17.00 U.S.
Defying curatorial and art-historical conventions that situate Inuit art outside the trajectory of contemporary art, Campbell offers a poignant and deeply resonant pairing of Inuit and Southern Canadian artists to imagine a different geography of cultural relationships. Organized around particular areas of artistic and formal interest, each pairing reveals common threads in both approach and subject matter in service of visual storytelling related to the present moment. This manifests as the recollection of historical and lived trauma in the work of Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, and in the work of Ed Pien and Samonie Toonoo, as well as the visual experience of expansive landscapes in the work of Ohotaq Mikkigak and Jack Bush. Building from a trilogy of critically acclaimed exhibitions, this strikingly illustrated publication counters juxtapositions of ‘tribal object’ and modern art that are constructed in favour of the European and settler artists who acknowledged the influence and affinity, and even copied from, their native counterparts while discounting agency, individuality, and the pluralistic artistic idioms borne of the modern colonial legacy of the Other. Nancy Campbell is one of Canada’s most prolific contemporary art writers and independent curators whose positions have included Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and editor of Inuit Art Quarterly.