Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast

Short Format: Zacharias Kunuk – ISUMA

Episode Summary

Artist collective Isuma ᐃᓱᒪ was founded in 1990 by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, and Norman Cohn, and is Canada’s first Inuit (75 percent) production company. As part of the Biennial, "ᓄᐊᐱᐅᒑᑦᑑᑉᐅᓪᓗᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓ One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk," 2019, features Noah Piugattuk’s encounter with a government agent sent to remove him and his family from their homeland. Here, the film’s director Zacharias Kunuk shares his approaches to storytelling and oral histories as a filmmaker, recreating the past for future learning. Short Format Series Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

Episode Notes

In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discuss their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts. Interviewed artists and collectives include Adrian Blackwell, Ayumi Goto, Caroline Monnet, Diane Borsato, Isuma, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Life of a Craphead, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Maria Thereza Alves, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Tsēmā Igharas.

Music: Antonio Bizarro, Marina, 2019; Nctrnm, La Femme, 2017. 

Images: 
Work: ᓄᐊᐱᐅᒑᑦᑑᑉᐅᓪᓗᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓOne Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, 2019, photos courtesy AJ Messier, Levy Uttak, courtesy Kingulliit Productions, Toni Hafkenscheid, and Toronto Biennial of Art.