13 July – 21 September, Gallery Three
Annie Pootoogook came from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset, Canada (known today as Kinngait) and began drawing in 1997. Within a decade, she became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity originating from the Kinngait Studios.
Her drawings challenged conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ graphic art. An instinctive chronicler of her generation, Pootoogook created works peppered with images of daily life: from feasting, camping and hunting to current events seen on television, intimate personal eroticism as well as alcoholism and domestic violence. Her realism was at odds with the traditional outdoor scenes traditionally associated with Inuit art.
This exhibition is presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, which brings artworks by international artists presented at the 2018 festival of contemporary art to spaces across the North of England.
Supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund. Annie Pootoogook at Touchstones Rochdale is supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
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Image: Annie Pootoogook, Eating Seal at Home, 2001. Collection of John and Joyce Price. Image courtesy Feheley Fine Arts
Image: Annie Pootoogook, Composition (Family Portrait), 2005–2006 and Myself in Scotland, 2005–2006. Installation view at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Mark McNulty
Image: Annie Pootoogook, Man Abusing His Partner, 2002. Collection of John and Joyce Price. Image courtesy Feheley Fine Arts