Survivance: Arnait Video Productions

Survivance: Arnait Video Productions is now on view at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY through December 23. Survivance: Arnait Video Productions celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Igloolik, Nunavut-based women’s media collective, Arnait Video Productions (AVP). The exhibition includes videos, installation, mixed media sculpture and fiber works spanning AVP’s career.

Survivance: Arnait Video Productions celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Igloolik, Nunavut-based Inuit women’s media collective, Arnait Video Productions (AVP). Gerald Vizenor’s defines survivance as an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. The exhibition explores how AVP have utilized communication technologies to reconnect to lost traditions & give voice to contemporary issues of urgency, while also celebrating the range & depth of AVP’s artistry.

AVP was formed in in 1991 by Madeline Ivalu, Susan Avingaq, Martha Makkar, Mathilda Hanniliaq & Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Their films & videos have focused on themes ranging from post-contact family life & the transmission of oral traditions to vital contemporary issues such as youth suicide, climate change & environmental destruction from mining. AVP has engaged a range of genres to depict Inuit life including historical reenactment, animation & mixed media artworks.

Survivance: Arnait Video Productions is curated by Laura McGough and