In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sámi and Inuit Art 2000–2005

23 May 2008 - 17 Aug 2008

This exhibition presents some 70 works made between 2000 and 2005 by Canadian Inuit artists and Sámi artists from Norway, Sweden, and Finland. While there is no evidence that Sámi and Inuit are related, both indigenous groups inhabit northern lands that are now incorporated into contemporary nations. Their circumstances, since contact with other cultures, share many similarities in terms of religion, language, lifestyle, learning, and politics. The Sámi and Inuit have long histories of making specially crafted objects for functional and religious use; contemporary manifestations show varying degrees of connection with previous times as well as clear indications of change. Created in a wide range of media – sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, textiles, and photography – the works from these two circumpolar cultures are displayed side by side to establish a dialogue of affinities and contrasts. Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The AGH gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage (Museums Assistance Program), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Hamilton. Presented at the NGC with the support of the embassies of Finland, Norway, and Sweden.