From the University of Lethbridge Collections:
The World Around Me presents the works of important Inuit artists from the Canadian North together with artifacts and historical items. This exhibition is drawn from The University of Lethbridge Collections. These works are didactic, narrative and illustrative of the Canadian North encompassing Inuit artists’ interpretation of their environment, landscape, indigenous animals and the beliefs and social life of their people.
Expressive of heart and home, Inuit art is understood as instrumental in the preservation of Inuit heritage. Most Inuit artists are purposeful in their documentation of traditional practices, values and beliefs. Producing art is more than an occupation—it is an important means of communication. The contemporary works selected for this exhibition represent the pinnacle period of art production on the part of important Inuit artists including Kenojuak Ashevak, Pudlo Pudlat, Jessie Oonark, SImone Tookoome, Luke Anguhadluq, Axangayuk Shaa, George Arluk, Paulassie Pootoogook and Kabubowakota Kavagoak. The title for the exhibition is taken from the title of the 1980 lithograph print by Kenojuak Ashevak. However, The World Around Me is more than a title. It describes the theme of the exhibit, for the Inuit World is brought into full view through didactic narrative compositions descriptive of Inuit lifeways rendered by Inuit artists.