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Nancy Saunders (Niap)

Multidisciplinary artist Nancy Saunders (also known by her art name, Niap) is an Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Based primarily in Montréal, she divides her time between that metropolis and her home community, a place that continues to profoundly influence her work. Her practice encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Her approach merges traditional Inuit art with modern elements, addressing themes associated with this ancestral heritage through the artistic strategies of contemporary art. Niap is committed to ensuring the renewal and sustainability of Inuit art. In 2015, she participated in her first group exhibition, Ullumimut – Between Tradition and Innovation, at the McClure Gallery in Montréal. In 2017, she created a permanent mural for the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Her installation ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé, exhibited at OBORO Gallery in Montréal, was acquired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in summer 2018. In 2019, Feheley Fine Arts held Niap’s first solo exhibition, which featured multimedia drawings and a live performance including traditional Inuit tattooing. Since then, she has exhibited at Marion Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Capital One Bank in Toronto, and the McCord Museum in Montréal.

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