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Esker Foundation is a contemporary art gallery located in Mohkinstsis/Calgary. As a leader in the Calgary arts community, Esker presents relevant, accessible and engaging contemporary art exhibitions, forward-thinking educational programs, and innovative publications. Esker reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international art and ideas; creates opportunities for public dialogue, and supports the production of groundbreaking new work and research.

The gallery programs three exhibition changes per year for the fall, winter, and spring/summer seasons. In addition to the main exhibition space on the fourth floor of the Atlantic Avenue Arts Block, Esker Foundation hosts the Project Space at street level.

Esker Foundation provides free public programming to encourage participation and to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Programs are developed in response to, and inspired by, our current exhibitions.


Featured Exhibition

Kablusiak: Qiniqtuaq

July 29 - October 20, 2019

‘Qiniqtuaq’ (searching/looking) invites viewers to peer through a multi-eyed ghost sheet to witness a looping projection of a video collage screened in front of a piece of oil-stained cardboard. ‘Qiniqtuaq’ is meant to evoke a dream-like state imaging a hypothetical place and time; a representation of what is felt but not known. ‘Qiniqtuaq’ invites a presence of nostalgia, spectatorship, and diaspora.

Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Mohkinstsis and holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary. They use art and humour as a coping mechanism to address cultural displacement. The lighthearted nature of their practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity; these interests invite a reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity.

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