Work in progress by Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley. Image courtesy of Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley.
Launched in 2020, Nordic Lab is a Galerie SAW Gallery initiative, created with major support from the Canada Council for the Arts and located in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. As Director, Taqralik Partridge (who is also an artist, writer and curator originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik) oversees Nordic Lab’s operations as an Indigenous-led research and production space for artists from circumpolar regions. With a studio space named after the late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook, exhibitions, workshops, Indigenous youth-centred programming and more, Nordic Lab aims to forge exchange and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities with contemporary art production. Being located in Ottawa drives this connection even further, as the city has the largest urban Inuit population outside of Canada’s North. Over the past several months, Nordic Lab has been (remotely) hosting five multidisciplinary artists as part of its residency program.