Land of None/ Land of Us

Tuesday, June 28 at 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 at 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Arts Underground

Hougen Centre
15-305 Main St.
Whitehorse, YK

Yael Bar Cohen,Óalgengt, 2021

A featured exhibition of the Arctic Arts Summit that will also be shown simultaneously at other venues throughout Canada—including Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival during this fall’s Nuit Blanche— Land of None | Land of Us is an exhibition of contemporary circumpolar photography. The exhibition challenges the idea of an “unoccupied” or “vast, empty” Arctic by sharing images of Indigenous and other northerner connections to land, knowledges, practices, relationships and kinships around the circumpolar world, firmly establishing that we have always been here. Land of None | Land of Us is curated by northern Indigenous curators Jennifer Bowen, Alice Marie Jektevik, Melissa Shaginoff and Jessica Winters, and mentored by Pat Kane, co-founder and President of the Far North Photo Festival, and Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Arctic Arts Summit Curator of Visual Arts.

Curatorial Team

Alice Marie Jektevik

(born. 1989) is a Sea Sámi art and music producer living in Tromsø, Norway. Her homelands are on the island Áttir in Lulli-Romsa. Jektevik runs her own company focused around evolving Sámi art projects and the further development of the Sámi art and culture field. She has previously produced the indigenous festival Riddu Riđđu (2017-2020), and is currently the guest producer at the Sámi festival Márkomeannu (2022), and guest producer at The Lásságámmi foundation (2021-2022).

Jektevik produces in the space between art, politics, history and modern expressions. She works with different artists within different genres, and loves exploring new expressions and art forms. She is a member of the all-female Sámi DJ-collective Article 3, who exclusively play indigenous bangers from all around the world.

Jennifer Bowen

is a Ph.D. student of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She is an independent Indigenous curator of online exhibitions, short documentary films, and sculptural artists. Jennifer received her BFA at the University of Lethbridge and MA at the University of Victoria where she was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal (2021). Jennifer’s research practice has explored the history of exhibition design of the Northern Athapaskan people and a copper dagger associated with the people. Her current research project looks at the emergence of Indigenous painters and sculptors within Denendeh from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Don J. Cardinal, Pulling Jigger, 1976, Print, 13 x 17 in.

Fellowship Canadian Art History Program

Contact: Jocelyn Anderson | Working Title: “Dene Contemporary”

My research project proposes to examine the history of contemporary Dene art in the latter half of the twentieth century. I will identify Dene artists who developed contemporary art practices established in the 1960s with the formation of the Indian Brotherhood that led to the establishment of the Dene Nation and the Native Women’s Association in the Northwest Territories. Artists who visually explored new materials and new forms of self-expression that draw from a land-based aesthetic rooted in the subarctic to modern representations of nationhood. Indigenous artists have transformed the functional design of Northern Athapaskan art into a contemporary expression.   

Jessica Winters

is an inuk painter, printmaker, textile artist and emerging curator from Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, NL. She got her artistic start at an early age thanks to her family of accomplished craftspeople, including grandmother Nellie Winters, a celebrated textile artist. Jessica has been heavily influenced by her studies in biology, and uses her work to advocate for the preservation of Inuit culture, values and surrounding environment.

In 2019, she curated Billy Gauthier’s first major solo exhibition, Saunituinnaulungitotluni | Beyond Bone at The Rooms. Since then, she has worked on a photography exhibition titled Regeneration for the Bonavista Biennale in 2020, and a film screening titled Sanningajuk for Center Clark in Montreal.

Melissa Shaginoff

is part of the Udzisyu (caribou) and Cui Ui Ticutta (fish-eater) clans from Nay’dini’aa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village, Alaska). She is an Ahtna and Paiute person, an artist, a curator, and an Auntie. Her work is shaped by the framework and intricacies of Indigenous ceremonies and social structures. Melissa centers conversation in her art practice, searching for deeper understanding through moments of exchange and reciprocity. She has completed artist residencies in Sweden, Italy, Canada, and Alaska. She is currently engaged in a year-long artist residency designed in collaboration with The Nave, a historic building and community space in Dgheyey Kaq’ (Anchorage). She has curated and juried art exhibitions with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Pacific University, University Alaska Anchorage, the Coe Center, the International Folk Art Museum, and the Fairbanks Art Association. Melissa has been published in the Alaska Humanities FORUM Magazine, First American Art Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center’s Learning Lab. She is a founding member of Łuk’ae Tse’ Taas (fish head soup) Comics, a new media collective focusing on Indigenous co-authorship and representation in science-fiction narratives.

Pat Kane

is a photographer in Yellowknife, located on Chief Drygeese Territory, the traditional homelands of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Northwest Territories. He takes a documentary approach to stories about people and life in Northern Canada with a special focus on issues important to Indigenous people, including the relationship between land and identity. 

Pat is the co-founder and president of the Far North Photo Festival — a platform to help elevate the work of visual storytellers across the Arctic. Pat is a National Geographic Society grantee, a Royal Canadian Geographical Society grantee, and an alumni of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Pat identifies as mixed Indigenous/settler as a proud Algonquin Anishinaabe member of the Timiskaming First Nation (Quebec).  He’s part of the photo collectives Indigenous Photograph and Boreal Collective. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide. 

Instagram: @patkanephoto