On the set of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006). Photo: Isuma Distribution International.


2019 Venice Biennale


2019 Venice Biennale

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada, in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Venice Biennale is one of the oldest and most widely recognized contemporary art events in the world.

Isuma is an Inuit artist collective working in film and other multimedia platforms to challenge stereotypes about life in the North. The collective was started in the mid-90s by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn. It is the first time Inuit artists were represented in the Canadian Pavilion.

PIA has supported Canadian artists at the Venice Biennale since 2007. Support includes in 2007 (David Altmejd), 2009 (Mark Lewis), 2011 (Steven Shearer), 2013 (Shary Boyle), 2015 (BGL) and 2017 (Geoffrey Farmer).

This project was supported by Partners in Art.

Still from Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001). Photo: Isuma Distribution International.

Portrait of Sylvia Ivalu, who plays Atuat, on the set of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001). Photo: Isuma Distribution International

Zacharias Kunuk (right) with Jonah Qaunaq on the set of Maliglutit (Searchers), 2016. Photo AJ Messier, Kingulliit Productions.

Left to right: Norman Cohn, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Lizzie Qulitalik, Mary Qulitalik, Rachel Uyarasuk, Jonah Uyarasuk, and Zacharias Kunuk, on the set of Nunaqpa (Going Inland), 1990. Photo: Isuma Distribution International

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