Tiffany Ayalik in Residence

Nov 1, 2020 — Apr 30, 2021



Western Front


During her six-month residency at Western Front, Ayalik developed a new multimedia performance revitalizing the songs of her Inuinnait ancestors and community. She studied a collection of songs that were transcribed, notated, and documented through wax cylinder recordings by the anthropologist Diamond Jenness during the 1913-18 Canadian Arctic Expedition, and worked with Inuinnait elders to further her understanding of the language. Using multi-channel audio and live vocal performance, she reinterpreted six songs as a new composition. Artist T. Erin Gruber created accompanying projected images inspired by the changing seasons and the natural environment of the North.

Tiffany Ayalik talks about Itqaqhaijuq / Tries to Remember (2021). Camera operation and sound recording by Aaron Nathanson. Editing by Mike Southworth. Filmed by Collide Entertainment. 

Tiffany Ayalik, 2021. Photograph by Rachel Topham Photography.

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