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Moving With Joy and Annivik by Maureen Gruben
December 2021-February 2022
Moving with Joy will be presented at The Bentway Skate Trail as part of The Bentway’s Winter Season 2021/2022. Moving With Joy is an expansion of Maureen’s 2019 project Moving With Joy Across The Ice As My Face Turns Brown From The Sun, which brought together fourteen hand-built sleds borrowed from local Inuvialuit families for a short-duration land art installation.
The focal point of Moving With Joy for The Bentway Skate Trail is a large-scale sculptural sled featuring a video work that shares aspects of the community ice fishing season, for which sleds are essential. Six smaller, vertical sled sculptures are dispersed throughout the skate trail; the decks of these smaller sleds will also display photo-based images.
Annivik will be installed at The Bentway Studio as part of The Bentway’s Winter Season 2021/2022. A large-scale photographic installation, Annivik shares images captured in the landfill of Maureen Gruben’s home community, Tuktoyaktuk. The project takes its name from a bilingual English/Inuvialuktun ‘Exit’ sign that the artist found at this dump. The English word ‘exit’, according to the Oxford dictionary, denotes ‘a way out’. The Inuvialuktun word ‘annivik’ has a more nuanced meaning: it can also be translated as ‘birthing place’, eliciting the idea that endings are not disappearances but transitions; that leaving one place means entering another.