Kablusiak

2020

What Kablusiak has accomplished in their very young career is nothing short of astounding. The jury was enthusiastic about celebrating this remarkable artist and are excited to support their practice that spans media and defies categorization. 

– Emerging Artist adjudicators

Kablusiak (they/them) is an Inuvialuk artist based in Mohkinstsis/Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from the Alberta University of the Arts. They work in mediums ranging from photography, installation, sculpture and drawing imbued with an ironic humour to address cultural displacement. The light-hearted nature of their practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity; these interests invite a reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity. They are represented by Jarvis Hall Gallery, and their work has been acquired by public and private collections across Canada. Awards include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize (2017) and the Primary Colours Emerging Artist Award (2018), and short-list nominee for the Sobey Art Awards (2019).  

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