Marie A. Côté Lysa Iqaluk Annesie Sarah Nowkawalk Of Bowls and Voices

Date(s): Apr 27 to Jun 1 2013

Exhibition

M. A. Côté, 2011

My project is a visual and sound installation which also includes a series of clay drawings on paper. I produced this body of work in Inukjuak, Nunavik, over the summer of 2011 through a grant and an artist-in-residence program subsidised by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Aumaaggiivik (Nunavik Arts Secretariat), the Kativik Regional Government, and Air Inuit.

Eight throat singers sang with and in the porcelain bowls I made specifically for the occasion. I recorded their chants in four different locations: at the Avataq Cultural Institute, in the community family centre Sungirtuivik, in a traditional Inuit inter-seasonal dwelling called a qarmaq, and in a house that served as my residence for the time I was there. Along with the music, the recordings also include the conversations between the singers, the repetition of particular melodic motifs, and the ambient sounds of everyday life in the north.

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M. A. Côté, 2011

For Marie A. Côté, everything begins with pottery. The pleasure she gets from turning a vessel has never diminished, despite the fact that she now mostly works in sculpture and installation. Much as every vessel asks to be filled, her work aims to show us the complex experience that links objects to spaces. We can easily imagine a space devoid of objects, but we cannot conceive of an object without the space that surrounds it. Having received several grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts, Marie A.

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My name is Lysa Iqaluk. Born on September 2nd, 1989, I grew up in Inukjuak, Nunavik, where my parents and grand parents raised me and where I continue to live and work. As children our late grandmother, Patsauk Iqaluk, taught both my late sister Linda and I throat singing, named katajjait in Inuktitut. My grandmother was famous for her throat singing and traveled around the world to perform. As a teenager, I met my friend Annesie S. Nowkawalk, also a throat singer.

My name is Annesie Sarah Nowkawalk. Born on January 16th, 1990, I was raised in Inukjuak, Nunavik by my parents, Minnie N. Echalook and Noah Echalook. My father Noah is a well-known sculptor. His soapstone carvings are in important Canadian museum collections, like the National Gallery in Ottawa. I learned how to throat sing by listening to the local radio station. My mother wasn’t a throat singer but her mother was. By the time I was born my grandmother had already passed away, so I could not learn from her. As a teenager I met Lysa Iqaluk when we were 14 or 15 years old.

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

Of Bowls and Voices, Marie A. Côté – Photos : Paul Litherland, 2013

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