Meet the Artists: The 2020 New Generation Photography Award Winners
Join the 2020 New Generation Photography Award winning artists Noah Friebel, Curtiss Randolph, and Katherine Takpannie as they discuss their practice with Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada.
About Katherine Takpannie
Katherine Takpannie is an Ottawa based Inuk photographer. Her anaana (mom) was born in Apex Hill, Nunavut. But Katherine was born in Montreal, Quebec.
She is a proud alumni of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program. The program focuses on the Nunavut Agreement and it's implementation, Political Science, Research, Inuit-Government Relations, Contemporary Issues, Inuit history, and Inuktitut.
As a self-taught emerging photographer, Takpannie wants to reveal the complexities and nuances of urban Inuit life. Takpannie’s photographic practice aims to highlight modernized Inuit. To her, photography is the best medium to reclaim her identity and explore her experiences as an urban Inuk. Having lived most of her life in Ottawa, her work speaks to the Ottawa that she sees.
Takpannie's visual language expands out from lifestyle portraiture to include lush landscapes, and gritty urban scenes. Takpannie also captures performative and political gestures. Hoping to bring reflection on issues that Canadians face daily, to raise awareness, and to question why!
Takpannie uses her knowledge to showcase her perspective of a western world through the eyes of her camera lens.
Written by Katherine
IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU
Hey, I’m Katherine.
Aatuvaamiutaujunga, or 'I'm from Ottawa' in Inuktitut. I'm just a beginner when it comes to learning my language, but with each time I try to learn more, I know my elders are happy. I love to use my ajjiliurut (camera) to capture moments. Photography for me, is part of the story I fail to put into words. In Inuktitut photograph is ajjinnguaq. A man named Ralph Hattersley once said, "we are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us". And I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!
Nakurmiik (Thank you)!