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  • Image detail: Myra Kukiiyaut, Super Shamou Making Sure the Exploration Company Does No Wrong, circa 1997, coloured pencil on paper, 55.9 × 76.2 cm. Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 1998, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Collection at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold

Digital & new media Drawing Poetry & spoken word Writing & literature Indigenous
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Art Gallery of Guelph

Guelph, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Named for an early poem by the late artist, cartoonist, and writer Alootook Ipellie, this exhibition features the work of contemporary and historical Inuit artists that speaks to the primacy of the land in Inuit culture and its evolving representation in visual art.

Featuring works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and animators Asinnajaq, Glenn Gear, Echo Henoche, and Dayle Kubluitok, Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold explores traditional Inuit storytelling with its deep connection to the land and how this visual imagination has been continually transformed. Juxtaposing digital animations and drawings with works from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s Inuit collection, the exhibition highlights the ongoing adaptation and renewal of forms of graphic storytelling, particularly in response to colonization and globalization.

Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold

by Alootook Ipellie

The mosquitos are at large today

As the wind stills, as the sun heats,

And we walk the rocks under,

Searching the hills for the meat

And hide of the useful caribou

That feeds and clothes my family,

Through four different seasons

When the winds change from

Hot to warm, and cool to cold.

It’s hot today and my boy is tired

We’ve been walking for miles too long

With a pack of things we need to eat and sleep

While we’re on a hunt searching the hills

For food. We need so very much to date,

But we will have to stop to rest

Ourselves, hoping and hoping all the time,

The hunted one will come to sight

When the winds change from

Hot to warm, and cool to cold.



Art Gallery of Guelph

The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is one of Canada’s premier public art spaces, engaging audiences with innovative artists and ideas from around the world. Through a rigorous and collaborative artistic program that positions visual culture in an ever-changing cultural landscape, the gallery supports social exchange and shapes public discourse. Located in one of Canada’s most innovation-rich and socially-engaged urban environments, the AGG offers compelling artistic encounters and contributes to a thriving national artistic climate through global connections that foster and proliferate creative innovation.


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