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Påfyll: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Art, Architecture and traditional knowledge talk and tour

Tid: 02.02.23 Kl. 19.00
Sted: Rødbanken, Storgata 65. Tromsø.

The Canadian architects in Evoq architecture will present their work while they are visiting Tromsø. They are visiting during Arctic Frontiers to open an exhibition on the topic of Inuit traditional knowledge and how to implement this in todays art and architecture.

The arctic context in which they operate draw many similarities to Northern Norway with regards to climate, indigenous people, and the nature. After their presentation there will be an opportunity to discuss.

When: Thursday 2nd February 19:00
Where: Rødbanken. Storgata 65, Tromsø

When: Friday 3rd February 13:00
Where: Polaria. Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, Tromsø
Evoq architects will provide a guided tour through the exhibition.

The talk and tour are free to join, please sign up here

This event is a part of Arctic Frontiers´ social calendar

Arctic Frontiers are hosting the exhibition: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge Exhibition which is open 10:00 – 16:00 Monday 9th January – Friday 3rd February. Read more about the exhibition here.


This exhibition shows the relationship between contemporary Inuit art and western science, and features a specific Canadian example of traditional knowledge in action. The IQ Exhibition shows how an Inuit community and Inuit artists came together to tell their story through art and architecture. The international traveling exhibit aims to give Inuit artists the visibility they deserve, that has been long in coming. By introducing Inuit culture and communities to the world, while demonstrating how art is a powerful empowerment and reconciliation tool in Canada, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the CHARS as a model of a holistic approach integrating art and science. The exhibition is also an opportunity to emphasize Canada's sustainable presence in the Arctic.

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) was built in Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut, as part of Canada’s Northern Strategy. The facility is a world-class Arctic research station, demonstrating state-of-the-art design excellence that serves as a model for similar polar facilities around the world.

The CHARS brings science and technology and traditional Inuit knowledge together under one roof. The architecture of the station reflects and makes possible this new paradigm.

The expression Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is crucial because;

At the suggestion of the community of Ikaluktutiak, the CHARS was designed using the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles; IQ literally translates as “What has always been known by Inuit”. This holistic set of principles represents the worldview of the Nunavut Inuit. The IQ principles along with unwavering community engagement in the dialogue process allowed for a truly meaningful visioning exercise. This weighed heavily on the design of the Station, leading to the translation of IQ into architectural design principles The CHARS stands as an example to follow, when working with Indigenous communities.

In collaboration with Evoq Architects, The Canadian Embassy, Arctic Frontiers and Rødbanken.

Events are organised with the kind support from Tromsø Kommune.