7th of February until 22nd of March, 2020
Shuvinai Ashoona is an Inuit artist working primarily in drawing. The exhibition at the CCA includes some of her lesser known work; mostly colourful pencil drawings along with some linear work in black and white.
The curation follows the traditional white cube setting with the two smaller rooms containing work in a smaller scale and operating as introductory passages to the spacious back room were mainly larger pieces are displayed.
Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere of the space in conjunction with the work; especially the back room with the skylight window on the ceiling. The roof was reminiscent of a hut somewhere in a cold place and along with the white lighting it felt in tune with Shuvinai´s work.
There is a narrative in the drawings individually as well as a whole throughout the exhibition. The drawings are very informative about Inuit culture. There´s plenty of recurring elements presented in scenes from daily life. A strong sense of community is depicted and a mix of traditional and contemporary elements.
There´s sense of silliness, tenderness and domesticity and laid out all together they almost seemed to me like a visual diary with vague limits between the personal and the collective. Shuvinai uses a lot of fantastical elements in her drawings. I really enjoyed the normality of these surrealisms within scenes of ordinary life. It opens a window to the artist´s imagination and invites the viewer to approach the work in a playful manner.
The drawings emanate a sense of creative freedom and unfiltered expression. They’re almost seamless. You can sense that Shuvinai enjoys the act of making by the result. Overall, it was a very inspiring and refreshing show.