Barry Pottle Art - Foodland Security

Barry Pottle


Maison principale, Établissement-Ryan, Bonavista
BORN North West River, NL   LIVES Ottawa, ON

Foodland Security comes out of ideas Pottle has been exploring over the past couple of years. The title plays on words (land, food, and security); the work reflects his knowledge of Inuit country food in an urban context. The hunting, preparation and shared consumption of seal, fish, ptarmigan, caribou and other nutritious wild foods are vital aspects of traditional Inuit life. Pottle’s photographs focus on this connection and its importance for community and identity even after Inuit have left their homeland. The 2017 Biennale seeks to spark conversation and critical thought on relationships between urban and rural places; Foodland Security evokes discussion in Newfoundland and across Canada about food security, sustainable harvesting, healthier eating, and the use of wild foods.

An Inuk artist from Rigolet (now Nunatsiavut), Labrador, Pottle now lives in Ottawa, which has the largest Inuit population outside the North. He works to capture the essence of urban Inuit life and the uniqueness of the community. ​His work is in the 2016 national group exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut. His Awareness Series drew attention to the Eskimo Identification System of numbered tags used by the Canadian Government (1940-1970) to identity Inuit in the Eastern and Western Arctic. Part of the exhibition Decolonize Me, 2011-2015, the series also was a solo show at Feheley Fine Art, Toronto in 2016. 

Steve Payne  
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