Dec 13, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Isuma, an artist collective led by filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn – will represent Canada at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Isuma is an Inuit video-based production company co-founded in 1990 by a team of filmmakers – with the goal of preserving Inuit culture and language – by presenting Indigenous stories.
Isuma’s projects, which include the acclaimed 2001 movie Atanarjuat; The Fast Runner – have screened at film festivals and galleries around the world.
The National Gallery of Canada says Isuma’s participation in Venice marks the first presentation of art by Inuit – in the Canada Pavilion.
Isuma was selected by a national committee of experts in contemporary Canadian art.