FEBRUARY 15 - 28 2014

Madrona Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of Shuvinai Ashoona’s work in Victoria. Over the last decade she has become the leading voice in contemporary Inuit art; internationally, she is recognized as one of Canada’s premier artists.

Shuvinai Ashoona was born in 1961 in Cape Dorset, NU. Her imaginative and evocative drawings take a personal look at complex realities of contemporary Inuit life , histories of traditional spirituality versus organized religion and  the influence of North American culture on a population that has experienced a dramatic change of lifestyle and culture in a single generation.

Shuvinai Ashoona was the subject of the documentary “Ghost Noise” produced and directed by Marcia Connolly in 2010. Ashoona’s work has appeared in Art Basel, the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), the National Gallery of Canada (2011, 2013), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2009) among many other exhibitions around the globe. Shuvinai’s work can be found in public collections in the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Justina M Barnicke Gallery, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of the American Indian.

A digital catalog of the entire collection is available.

*more works will be added to the website closer to the opening of this exhibition.