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2021 | Siku Allooloo – NWT – West Coast

From the Curator
“This is the first film directed by NWT’s Inuk Taino community organizer and creative Siku Allooloo. Using a Super8 camera and flora to develop the celluloid images Allooloo shares a story from deep inside her heart. With tender strength the images and sound Allooloo melts together in Spirit Emulsion the viewer is brought into the realm where we are always with spirits, where time accepts themselves to be the kind of soul who flutters around here to there always on a unique path that knows there is no rush to get to tomorrow. Spirit Emulsion is a beautiful communication between Allooloo and her late mother, Taino activist Marie-Helene Laraque.” 

—Asinnajaq 

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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. 


Credits
Written & Directed by Siku Allooloo
Music: Jesse Zubot
Vocals: Pura Fe
Co-Producers: Akia Films, Lanten Films
Camera: Siku Allooloo
Editor: Siku Allooloo
Additional Camera: Jesse Zubot 
Additional Editing: Jesse Zubot

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