As part of extended programming for The Wildflower, we are honoured to share the short film Three Thousand by Inuk artist Asinnajaq, but the film can be viewed here below, being accompanied by a short introduction by the artist in the above player. Produced with archival material from The National Film Board of Canada, Asinnajaq’s sublime imaginary universe “recast[s] the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.” Both historical footage and original animation, the short film dives into a complicated history retold with imaginative hope and beauty, and new possibility.
Asinnajaq ᐊᓯᓐᓇᐃᔭᖅ is an Inuk artist from Inukjuak, Nunavik. Her most recent film, Three Thousand (2017), blends archival footage with animation to imagine her home community of Inukjuak in the future. It won Best Experimental Film at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Exhibiting work in Canada and abroad, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including Toronto Film Critics Association’s Technicolour Clyde Gilmour Award. She is co-creator of Tillitarniit, a festival celebrating Inuit culture in Montréal. Asinnajaq is one of four curators working on the inaugural exhibition of the new Inuit Art Center in Winnipeg, Canada, opening this year.
Asinnajaq’s work Where You Go, I Follow (2020) is exhibited for the first time in The Wildflower.