A can that has the words "Carnation, evaporated milk" on top

Tarralik Duffy, Carnation (2021). Digitized pencil drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

Tarralik Duffy: Let's Go Quickstop

June 16, 2023 – June 16, 2024

Located on Level 1 in Gallery 126

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Tarralik Duffy dreams of a world where Inuktitut is the default language. In her drawings and sculptural works, she references objects from her own childhood that are iconic in Nunavut and embedded in Inuit contemporary culture. Quickstop was a convenience store chain in northern Canada, and “Let’s go Quickstop” is what Inuit frequently say when going to buy takeout, camping, or hunting provisions. Even though the store’s name has since changed, the phrase lives on in Nunavut.

Both nostalgic and humourous, the exhibited works depict products that were for sale during the artist’s childhood, including cigarettes, China Lily Soya Sauce, Crosby’s Molasses, Magic Baking Powder, Pepsi Cola, and Red Rose Tea.


Tarralik Duffy is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and designer from Salliq, Nunavut. Much of her work centres on contemporary Inuit culture, and her experiences as an Inuk living between her Arctic island home and city life in the south. Tarralik’s work has recently shown in Ottawa, Guelph, and Saskatoon; and her fine jewelry line Ugly Fish appears in fashion events and gallery shops across Canada. She is the 2021 recipient of the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. A celebrated writer on Inuit art, Tarralik’s Inuit Art Quarterly essay on artist Jutai Toonoo was featured in Best Canadian Essays 2019.

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AGO Friday Nights: Art Making: Textile Sculptures
Friday, September 15, 6 - 9 pm

Drop by Walker Court for a textile artmaking party inspired by Robert Houle’s installation Seven Grandfathers and

Tarralik Duffy: Let’s Go Quickstop
Friday, June 16, 7 pm

Join artist Tarralik Duffy and AGO Associate Curator, Indigenous Art – Inuit Art Focus Taqralik Partridge to celeb

Art in the Spotlight: Nordic Lab
Tuesday, June 1, 4 pm

Join artist, curator, and director of The Nordic Lab Taqralik Partridge for a conversation with artists Tarralik Duffy, Geronimo Inutiq and Barry Pottle about their recent work.

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