Looking to the Future - Katherine Takpannie
This exhibition looks to the future by recognizing the value of Indigenous Knowledge systems as a path to an ecologically balanced future. Inuit language and culture teach us about our relationship with the land and how it should be treated.
Inuk emerging artist Katherine Takpannie embodies that future, telling her story through photography. Her story is familiar to many Indigenous peoples and is one that Canadians are beginning to hear, understand and take to heart. Katherine’s story is multifaceted; it speaks of intergenerational trauma, poverty, addiction, mental health, foster care, and being an Indigenous woman on Turtle Island today. Yet it also conveys the power of reclaiming culture in a good, gentle, kind, and active way. Takpannie thrives rather than survives. Inuit culture is born of the land with generations of knowledge embodied within their stories.