• A Festival of Ideas
  • March to July 2021
  • Guelph

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Laakkuluk, a Greenlandic Inuk, uses uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing), poetry, theatre and performance art to tackle topics ranging from colonization, sexuality, intergenerational strength, fear, boundaries, and love. Laakkuluk is currently long-listed for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. Previously she was the winner of the Sinchi Indigenous Award (2020), the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award (2018), and co-winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award (2018).

Laakkuluk’s recent works include a collaborative film installation called Silaup Putunga (2019), made with Jamie Griffiths, acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario for their permanent collection, and Ikumagialiit, a performance art show quartet with Cris Derksen, Christine Tootoo and Jamie Griffiths, commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to premiere at the international Indigenous art exhibition Abadakone (2019). Aatooq (2021), a short film, is currently in the works for the National Arts Centre of Canada.

Photo: Chickweed Arts/Jamie Griffiths