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, 2021. Photograph by Rachel Topham Photography.