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The Polar World
The Polar World
The Polar World

The Polar World

20 pages
Published:   January 1, 2017
Non-Fiction  /  Indigenous  /  Art & Architecture
Paperback:   9781894243988    $4.95
Published by Art Gallery of Ontario

The Polar World combines fantasy and reality: giant squids, hybrids, and humanoid figures dance across Ashoona’s sensual vistas, lending a surreal quality to her work. Springing her imagination but rooted in the landscape of her Kinngait home, The Polar World combines Ashoona’s drawings from her 2017 exhibition with a narrative by Andrew Hunter.


Shuvinai Ashoona began to draw in the early 1990s with the support of her family and the Kinngait Studios. Her drawings, often a combination of reality and imagination, offer an abstract outlook on life in the North.

Andrew Hunter is a freelance curator, artist, writer, and educator. Hunter was previously the Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he produced major exhibitions and publications including Every Now Then: Reframing Nationhood, In the Ward: Lawren Harris, Toronto & the Idea of North, and Colville.

Born in Hamilton and a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Hunter has held curatorial positions across Canada, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the University of Waterloo and lectured on curatorial practice across Canada, the United States, England, China, and Croatia. He is a member of the advisory board for the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD.

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