Kablusiak is the grand winner of the $100,000 2023 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary visual arts.
Kablusiak is a multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist and curator who uses Inuk ingenuity to create work in a variety of mediums, including lingerie, white flour, soapstone, felt, acrylic paint, and words. The artist’s work explores dis/connections and family and community ties within the Inuit diaspora, as well as the impact of colonization on Inuit expressions of gender and sexuality, on health and wellbeing, and on daily life. Kablusiak was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and they are currently based in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta.
The Sobey Art Award exhibition is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until March 3, 2024 and features the work of the four finalists and the grand winner.
Founded in 2002, the Sobey Art Award / Prix Sobey pour les arts is funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and organized and presented by the National Gallery of Canada. The Award propels the careers of artists through financial support and recognition in Canada and beyond.