ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home

06.01.2022 - 03.26.2023
Co-curated by Joar Nango, Taqralik Partridge, Jocelyn Piirainen, and Rafico Ruiz at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Curatorial assistant: Ella den Elzen

ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home, an Indigenous-led exhibition and publication project, explores how Inuit, Sámi, and other communities across the Arctic are creating self-determined spaces. It is informed by the perspectives of a group of Inuit, Sámi, and settler co-curators who share the ambition to support northern Indigenous forms of sovereignty shaped by an understanding of the land as home. The project examines and celebrates practices of designing and building on the land that empower Indigenous communities.

Caring for and living on the land is a way of being. ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ (angirramut) in Inuktitut or ruovttu guvlui in Sámi means “towards home.” To move towards home is to reflect on where Inuit and Sámi people find home, on what their connections to their land means, and on what those relationships could look like into the future. Spacemaking and placemaking have the potential to create meaningful and long-lasting connections between Indigenous architects and designers across homelands in the North and South. The co-curators acknowledge that the work of deepening architecture’s engagement with Indigenous designers and their communities needs to above all centre the knowledge and experiences of being at home on the land.

Contributors: asinnajaq, Carola Grahn and Ingemar Israelsson, Geronimo Inutiq, Joar Nango, Taqralik Partridge, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Nicole Luke, Tiffany Shaw, Robyn Adams, Jenni Hakovirta, Berit Kristine Andersen Guvsám, Laila Susanna Kuhmunen, Andrea McIntosh, Johanna Minde, Reanna Merasty, Naomi Ratte, Magnus Antaris Tuolja.

For the full curatorial statement in Inuktitut and Sámi please consult the CCA website.

Installation views by Mathieu Gagnon, CCA.