December 16, 2023 – March 9, 2024

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning

Palu’s project documents the vestigial legacies of the Cold War and the increased military presence in the North American Arctic today. The changes in the region are exacerbated by the many unknowns the Arctic faces, among them the warming of the planet. Over several years — from 2015 to 2018 — what began as a Guggenheim Fellowship evolved into an assignment for National Geographic magazine. Taken as a whole, the series of photographs examines the growing geopolitical tensions and changing life around Inuit communities in one of the planet’s most extreme and challenging places.

ᐸᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖓᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᑕᖃᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᕿᔮᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐳᐃᒍᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᕿᒪᒃᑲᑯᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᕕᒃᔪᐊᕐᓂᑯᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓄᖅᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑕᒫᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᐊᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ. ᐊᓯᑦᔨᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᓗᐊᓐᖏᔾᔪᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᓂᑦ, ᑕᒪᑐᒧᖓᓗ ᐅᖂᓯᓕᕐᓂᖓ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ. ᑕᐃᒪᖓᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑐᑦ – ᑕᐃᑲᖓᑦ 2015 ᑎᑭᓪᓗᒍ 2018 – ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑐᑭᓯᔭᐅᓇᓱᒡᖢᓂ ᓇᓴᓄ ᔨᐅᑯᓛᕕᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᕐᓂᑦ. ᐱᓪᓗᒍ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ, ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᖑᐊᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓇᓱᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕉᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᑦᔨᖅᓯᒪᓕᕐᒪᑕ ᐃᓅᓯᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐅᕙᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖅᐹᖑᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᔭᕐᓂᓐᖏᓂᖅᐸᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᑦ.

Louie Palu’s work was supported by funding from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Geographic Magazine and Pulitzer Center.

Canadian Rangers from Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay train soldiers in Arctic survival at temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius at the Crystal City training site in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. 2015–18, pigment print, image courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery. © Louie Palu

Pictured: Canadian Rangers from Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay train soldiers in Arctic survival at temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius at the Crystal City training site in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. 2015–18, pigment print, image courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery. © Louie Palu

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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Louie Palu

Louie Palu is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on social political issues such as war, human rights and poverty. His work has appeared in festivals, publications, exhibitions and collections internationally.

His project covering politics in Washington from 2019-2021 was selected for a World Press Photo award. He is a 2016-17 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants, 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellowship with the New America Foundation and Milton Rogovin Fellowship at the University of Arizona. He is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as human rights, conflict and poverty.

He is currently working on a long-term project on the Arctic partnered with National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society and is a National Geographic Explorer. In 2019 his work was selected for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. His work is held in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, U.S. Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art. Louie graduated with an associate of the Ontario College of Art diploma and has an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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