Arnait Video Productions in Conversation with Candice Hopkins
18 April 2019
On the occasion of the exhibition Arnait Ikajurtigiit: Women helping each other at the Art Gallery of York University, Inuit and non-Inuit members of Arnait Video Productions from three generations discuss their collective filmmaking practice with writer and curator Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation).
Audio Recording and translation: Blandina Makkik
Presenting Partners: Art Gallery of York University, Images Festival, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Vtape
Speakers: Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, and Lucy Tulugarjuk (on behalf of Arnait Video Productions), Alissa Firth-Eagland, and Candice Hopkins
Arnait Video Productions (Igloolik, NU/Montréal, QC) is known for their interviews, television series, feature documentaries, and narrative fictions made by and for their local community. Their collaborative filmmaking practice is celebrated by international audiences and they have received four Jutra Awards (Best Picture, Director, Costumes, and Music for Before Tomorrow, 2008) and Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at Montreal International Documentary Festival (Sol, 2014). Their latest film is Tia and Piujuq, the directorial debut of Lucy Tulugarjuk, which screened at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival (Toronto), Carrousel international du Film de Rimouski, and Boston International Kids Film Festival (all 2018).
Alissa Firth-Eagland is a curator and writer who deeply values the sharing and decentralization of culture. Since 2003, Firth-Eagland has developed a range of local and international projects spanning contemporary art, community development, multimedia, equity practices, cultural mediation, critical writing, publishing, and alternative forms of learning.
Candice Hopkins is a curator, writer, and researcher who predominantly explores areas of history, art, and indigeneity, and their intersections. Hopkins is Senior Curator for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art and on the curatorial team of the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma. She was a curator for documenta 14 and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial.