Online program
  • May 31, 2023 - 1 – 2 pm

Artist Talk by Katherine Takpannie

Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2022-2023: Working Towards Indigenous Sovereignty, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media

In this online artist talk, Katherine Takpannie will speak about her photo-based art practice, including her work currently on exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery as part of the group exhibition Let me take you there.

Katherine Takpannie is an urban Inuk artist and writer, whose family is originally from Nunavut and continues to hold strong ties to its land and community. Working primarily with photography, Katherine captures performative and political gestures, set against both natural and built environments, including intimate portraits of women. She honours the Inuit worldview through her lens; asserting a vision that is strongly grounded in social accountability and unity, and using the medium to reclaim her identity and explore her lived experiences. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and are published in several art magazines. Katherine is currently based in Ottawa, ON.

This talk is free and open to the public, all are welcome. It will be hosted on Zoom with captions. If you have other accommodation needs, please let us know through the registration form or contact After registering, attendees will be provided with a Zoom link to join the talk virtually.

U of T Scarborough students attending for course credit should register through CLNx rather than Eventbrite.

This talk is part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery & Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough. This semester's series addresses Indigenous sovereignty, a long-established statement of Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. By working towards autonomy and recognition as sovereign authority of the land, Indigenous sovereignty works to undo colonial narratives and assumptions of land ownership here in what is now called Canada. Each of us play a role in this goal, with much of the work beginning in an education on what Indigenous sovereignty looks like and how we can work towards it. For VALS 2022-2023, we will learn from Indigenous artists on how this work is manifested through their respective practices.