Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Athi-Patra Ruga

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, born in 1979 in the Sask region in Canada, is a performer, video artist, musician and writer. During her childhood, Laakkuluk spoke only Inuktitut with her mother, who comes from Greenland, a reverence which is also often relevant in her work. Laakkuluk sees herself as an Inuk artist and often refers to her background in her work in both its aesthetic form and the themes she explores. She is a performer of ‘Uaajeerneq’, a traditional Greenlandic masked dance, which is also a form of story-telling and poetry.

Laakkuluk is a founding member of Qaggiavuut! Society for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre, an organisation that supports Inuit artists.

Laakkuluk frequently works with the Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq, who will develop a piece with the South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga and present it at Kampnagel during NORDWIND. Laakkuluk also worked on Tagaq’s music video “Retribution” (2016) and performed for #callresponse (2017), an interdisciplinary exhibition that focused on indigenous North American artists at the SAW Gallery in Ottawa in Canada. At this exhibition, Laakuluk presented her video piece Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My Body, the Land and the Ice; 2016). In 2017, she received the Hnatyshyn Foundation Reveal Indigenous Art Award.

Laakkuluk will show her work for the first time in Germany at NORDWIND.