Calgary-based artist Kablusiak wins $100,000 Sobey Art Award

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A Calgary-based visual artist has won the $100,000 2023 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary arts.

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Kablusiak is a multi-disciplinary Inuvialuk artist and curator who works in a number of mediums, including soapstone, felt, acrylic paint words, white flour and lingerie. Their work explores the impact of colonization on Inuit expressions of gender and sexuality and “Dis/connections and family and community ties within the Inuit diaspora.”

The award was presented Saturday night at the National Gallery of Canada. The other shortlisted artists, including Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Michele Pearson Clark, Anahita Norouzi and Seamus Gallagher, will each receive $25,000.

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The Sobey Art Award is given to an artist whose “careers and whose work reflects upon and speaks of our contemporary moment nationally and globally.”

Kablusiak was born in Yellowknife, NWT and raised in Edmonton. They currently live in Calgary.

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