Robert Kautuk

Robert Kautuk is an award-winning photographer based in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut. He uses a digital SLR camera and mobilizes drone technology to capture spectacular views of rarely seen moments, activities and landscape in the Canadian Arctic and his community. He has worked as a photographer and researcher on projects in the Arctic and is a driving force behind the Clyde River Knowledge Atlas—a digital platform that documents Inuit traditional knowledge while also encouraging community-led research. His recent exhibitions include Dark Ice, Ottawa Art Gallery and We Are The Story: The Canadian Now Photography Acquisition, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Robert Kautuk
Robert Kautuk, Sea Ice Break Up, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

From the Archives

  • 2023 / core

    Group Exhibition
    We Are Story: The Canada Now Photography Acquisition

    Bringing together ten artists who highlight the vitality and range of contemporary photography across the country, We Are Story foregrounds how people experience their surroundings, and how shifting realities can imbue environments with new meaning. The works were purchased through the Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, conceived in 2020 by Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists.
  • 2023 / core / exhibition / outdoor

    Robert Kautuk
    Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite Gallery

    Onsite Gallery (exterior windows)
    The Inuit Art Foundation and Onsite Gallery present Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite Gallery, a new series of commissioned digital murals by Inuit artists. In this iteration, Nunavut-based artist Robert Kautuk’s aerial photograph Sea Ice Break Up animates the gallery’s façade at street level, bringing his unique and critical vision of the Arctic to downtown Toronto.