Last year, Toronto artists Patrick Thompson and Alexa Hatanaka met a group of Indigenous Nunavut youths brought together to create a mural on the side of an elementary school in Cape Dorset. A couple weeks ago, as reported at Vice.com, Thompson and Hanataka reunited with four of the young artists to create a giant mural on the side of a building in Toronto.
Latch Akesuk, Audi Qinnuayuaq, Parr Etidloie, and Cie Taqiasuq are all between 14 and 17 years old; their journey from Cape Dorset to Toronto is 1,400 miles as the crow flies. The ground in Nunavut was frozen when they left; in Toronto, they had to contend with a sweltering heat wave.
The mural they painted depicts a man carrying the weight of the world on his back — actually, the man is carrying a snowmobile on his back, on top of which is a giant walrus, which is itself partly made up of people and other animals. Sixteen-year-old Etidloie says the image is based on the true story of his grandfather carrying a snowmobile on his back across the ice.
Thompson and Hatanaka work together as the creative team PA System, and their project with the young Nunavut artists is called Embassy of Imagination. These photos come from the PA System Instagram feed: