Mangiuk Iyaituk, Qumaq

Visual artist, author, teacher and school principal born in Ivujivik (Nunavik) in 1954.

Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk is a mother of four children, aunt and grandmother of several grandchildren. As a child, she was introduced to the arts of drawing and painting, a practice she abandoned for several years before returning to it in 2006 by participating in the Annual Nunavik Art Workshops in Kuujjuaq (Nunavik). In the following years, she participated again in this event, which took place in different Nunavik communities: in Quaqtaq (2008), in Inukjuak (2009) and in Ivujivik (2017).

Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk is also known for her involvement in the printing arts: she learned linocut with Montréal artist Lyne Bastien with whom she formed an artist collective, including Mary Paningajak Alaku and Passa Mangiok. Together, they set up a linocut workshop in Ivujivik (Nunavik). In September 2018, the collective presented the exhibition Convergence North/South at the Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto (Ontario). In the same year, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk and her colleague and artist Kathryn Delaney curated the exhibition ᐃᓪᓕᕆᔭᕗᑦ Illirijavut: Our values that are precious, presented at the McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre (Westmount, Québec). For this exhibition, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk created a booklet of Inuit stories.

As an author, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk has collaborated on several books for children: Nanuirtuq / Takusaijuk mikigianik (2017), Ippiajummut (2017), Iqalliatut (2017). In these illustrated works, she collaborated with other artists and authors seeking to preserve stories told as part of Inuit oral tradition, transmitting these stories, in writing, to future generations. Drawing on her experience in the education sector as a teacher and director, she has organized several watercolour book creation workshops in the communities of Inukjuak, Akulivik, Ivujivik, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, for which she received a grant from the Nunavik Arts and Literature Program four times: in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk illustrated the book Sipuuja Can Dress Herself on her Own (2017) by Inuit author Elsie Kasudluak.

To this day, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk is still very much involved in the arts and is currently taking part in the project Standing Together through Art, sanannguanitigut makitaqatigiinniq. She is using her talent as a storyteller to tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is being experienced in Nunavik.

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(c) International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2018-2021, Daniel Chartier and al.