Germaine Arnattaujuq highlights the beauty of Inuit women in new PWNHC exhibit

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — January 6, 2022

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is excited to announce a new exhibit featuring the artwork of Germaine Arnattaujuq is now on view at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The exhibit is on display until May 29, 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Inspired by traditional Inuit life, this exhibit draws on the aesthetics of Inuit femininity and beauty, with a focus on tunniit (tattoos), intricate braids and ivory-carved women’s combs. One of the distinguishing features of Germaine’s artwork is her attention to detail that brings depth to her pieces. Her images of tattooed faces and arms exemplify the idea that tunniit represent permanent stitches that bind together Inuit women’s cultural past with present ideals of Inuit femininity.  

Germaine's work has been important in inspiring and setting a high standard for visual aesthetics among Inuit in Canada and around the world. In February 2021, Germaine received a Governor General’s award in Visual and Media Arts. This award represents the most prestigious distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts in Canada.

 

For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca

867-767-9352  Ext. 71073