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.
Kablusiak has recently shown work at Art Mûr as part of the Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (2018) and at the Athens School of Fine Arts as part of the Platforms Project (2018). They completed the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the summer of 2018. Kablusiak is currently TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s interim Programming Coordinator and is a board member of Stride Gallery (2016-present) and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (Fall 2018-present). Awards include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize (2017) and the Primary Colours Emerging Artist Award (2018), the TD Meloche Monnex Alumni Career Award (2018), and short-listed for the Sobey Art Award (2019). They are represented by Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, and public and private collections across so-called Canada have acquired their work. Kablusiak, along with three other Inuit curators, created the inaugural exhibition of the new Inuit Art Centre, Winnipeg in 2020.
Sobey Art Award 2019 - Kablusiak