White Liar and the Known Shore: Frobisher and the Queen (2021)

An artwork by Laakkuluk Wiliamson Bathory and Jamie Griffiths

Niaqunnguup Kangiqtunga, an inlet to ‘Frobisher Bay’ in Nunavut.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Inuk) and Jamie Griffiths (Canada-UK) are collaborating artists, both based in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

In this photographic artwork, they bring together many aspects of the colonial story of Iqaluit challenging viewers to address the racism that perpetuates inequality for Inuit in their own homelands. The photograph is taken on the northern shore of Niaqunnguup Kangiqtunga, an inlet to  ‘Frobisher Bay’ in Nunavut.

Originally from the UK and a longtime resident of Vancouver, Jamie has created award-winning work that uses experimental tools and custom digital environments, digging into humanity’s failings and triumphs, through autobiographical transparency and deliberate cultural confrontations.

Laakkuluk, a Greenlandic Inuk, uses uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing), poetry, theatre and performance art to tackle topics ranging from colonization, sexuality, intergenerational strength, fear, boundaries, and love. Laakkuluk is currently long-listed for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. She is previously winner of the Sinchi Indigenous Award (2020), the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award (2018) and co-winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award (2018).

Jamie and Laakkuluk’s recent works include a collaborative film installation called Silaup Putunga (2019), acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario for their permanent collection, and Ikumagialiit, a performance art show quartet with Cris Derksen and Christine Tootoo, commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to premiere at the international Indigenous art exhibition Abadakone (2019). Auk (2021), a short film, is currently in the works for the National Arts Centre of Canada.