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Emerging North

Project type

Group Exhibition


March 2020


Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon



A celebration of young Indigenous artistic achievement. Emerging North echoes the Arctic Winter Games’ values of the spirit of togetherness, legacy building, and Northern pride. Like the AWG athletes, many of the artists included in this exhibition are considered “emerging” or at the beginning of their careers. Playful and experimental, a diverse range of artworks explore themes of shared northern experiences, Indigenous futurisms, and the relationship between culture and play.

Endless sky, and breathtaking views – growing up in Whitehorse, Yukon was growing up in paradise. While the landscape seemingly remains untouched, I am aware of the exponential growth of population and industry. In creating “Paradise” I was thinking about the effects of industrial advancements and the toxic nature of the materials that I use in my artistic practice. “Paradise” is intended to engage, to investigate and to enjoy, much like Yukon’s natural supernatural landscape.

Curated by Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé
Kaylyn Baker
Krystle Coughlin Silverfox
Jeneen Frei Njootli
Violet Gatensby
Benjamin Gribben
Blake Shaá’koon Lepine
Cole Pauls

Watch the Artist Talk for Emerging North
Watch a Message from Larry Bagnell, MP

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