Arctic Art in the Public: Transformative Platforms for Indigenous Voices



Organizer: Nuit Blanche Toronto and Indigenous Screen Office

Time: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 – 11:30 AM MST


Julie Nagam

Dr. Julie Nagam is a Professor in the department of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She is the inaugural Artistic Director for 2020 and 2022 for Nuit Blanche Toronto, the largest public exhibition in North America. Dr. Nagam’s SSHRC research includes digital makerspaces + incubators, mentorship, digital media + design, international collaborations and place-based knowledge. Dr. Nagam is currently the Principal Director of the multi-million dollar Partnership and Development Grant The Space Between Us: Co(lab)orations within Indigenous, Circumpolar and Pacific Places Through Digital Media and Design (2021–2028). As a scholar and artist she is interested in revealing the ontology of land, which contains memory, knowledge and living histories. Her artistic work has been exhibited internationally, including in Brazil, France, New Zealand, and England, which includes solo and group exhibitions. Nagam’s scholarship, curatorial and artistic practice has been featured nationally and internationally. She was the Concordia University and Massey University (NZ) Scholar in Residence for 2018/19, and will be the Terra Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney (AUS) for 2023-24. Dr. Nagam is the Director of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Co-Director of Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.


Amund Sjølie Sveen
Ken Anderson
Stephen Qacung Blanchett
Sajje Solbak

Ken Anderson.






Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson was born and raised in the Yukon, and has Tlingit and Scandinavian roots. He has been a professional artist since 1999, working in a traditional style, inspired by traditional themes and contemporary issues. Ken states that the craft is as important as the story; as both are born of a respect for the past, present and future. 

Sajje Solbakk.

Sajje Solbakk,

Sápmi (24) is the next festival leader of the international festival Riddu Riđđu, which takes place every year in July in coastal Sámi area of Gáivuotna. Riddu Riđđu welcomes Indigenous artists from all over the world to present their art and culture through a broad programme including concerts, workshops, seminars, films, book talks, art exhibitions, chrildren’s festival and youth programme. Riddu Riđđu is the biggest Sámi festival and Europe’s biggest Indigenous festival. Solbakk has a background in journalism and is host in the podcast, Gozuid alde, together with the sámi activist and artist, Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen. 

Stephen Qacung Blanchett

is a performing artist, a culture-bearer, and an art and culture educator. He is a founding member of the Alaska Native tribal funk & Inuit soul group, Pamyua. In addition to his nearly 30-year performance career, Qacung has a passion to work for Alaska Native people. He has served in leadership roles with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, First Alaskans Institute, Pamyua Inc. He is currently the Cultural Heritage & Education Manager for Tlingit & Haida. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Arts Alliance and chairs the Advancing Indigenous Performance program. In 2022, Qacung was mentioned as The Kennedy Centers Next 50. He is a 2022 United States Artist Fellow and is a recipient of the 2021 Native Arts and Culture Foundation SHIFT- Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts award. He is a 2019 Dance/USA Fellowship recipient, a 2019 & 2016 recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Artist Fellowship, and a 2015 National Artist Fellowship recipient through the Native Arts and Culture Foundation