Witness qaummatitsiniq nunarjuamit qaujimajakkanik curator Asinnajaq and filmmaker Siku Allooloo in conversation as they discuss their creative processes, and Siku’s personal inspirations that contributed to her first film, Spirit Emulsion.
Asinnajaq is the daughter of Carol Rowan and Jobie Weetaluktuk. She is from Inukjuak, Nunavik and lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Asinnajaq’s work includes filmmaking, writing and curating. She co-created Tilliraniit, a three day festival celebrating Inuit art and artists. Asinnajaq wrote and directed Three Thousand (2017) a short sci-fi documentary. She co-curated Isuma’s show in the Canadian pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. She was long listed for the 2020 Sobey Art Award. She co-curated the inaugural exhibition INUA at the Qaumajuq. Asinnajaq’s work has been exhibited at art galleries and film festivals around the world.
Siku Allooloo is an Inuk/Haitian/Taíno artist and emerging filmmaker from Denendeh (NWT), by way of Mittimatalik, NU through her father and Haiti through her mother. Rooted in her Inuit, Haitian/Taíno, and Dene homelands, Siku is well-regarded as a leader in Indigenous resurgence working across the arts, cultural land-based education, and decolonial advocacy. Siku’s poetry and other writing have been widely published (The Guardian, Canadian Art Magazine, The Capilano Review), and her multimedia artwork has exhibited nationally in several groundbreaking Indigenous art exhibitions (including INUA, the inaugural exhibition at Qaumajuq-Winnipeg Art Gallery). Her interdisciplinary practice has found a natural alignment in experimental and documentary film, as she is currently developing a feature-length documentary in honour of her mother, historic Indigenous women’s activism, and Taíno resurgence. Spirit Emulsion is her first film.