Concert reviews: Tanya Tagaq presenting ‘Nanook of the North’ @ David Pecaut Square for Luminato Festival | June 10, 2014

Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham
Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Tanya Tagaq presenting 'Nanook of the North' live @ David Pecaut for Luminato 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

“I studied this in film history class,” reflected someone in the crowd before throat singer Tanya Tagaq took the stage at Toronto’s Luminato Festival to perform in front of a background projection of Nanook of the North.

But not like this.

Tagaq’s presentation of the historic documentary highlighted the colonialist tendencies of the night’s muse, vocally juxtaposing deep, triumphant, and aggressive growls and chanting “Colonizer, colonizer, colonizer” to images of Inuk people being infantilized onscreen and pictured examining relics of their colonizers’ “progress” with wonder and confusion. It was hardly committed to honouring the “aesthetically significant” stamp Robert J Flaherty’s editorial dramatization has typically been decorated with.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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