“I am drawn to wanting to record the longstanding, continuing, and living traditions of the Labrador Inuit. This exploration aids me in engaging more deeply with my own Inuit heritage and my desire to preserve this knowledge for future generations.”
My work is critical and artistic with a documentary bent; aimed at capturing the current and changing world of the Nunatsiavummiut. I use photography as a means to document the world around me. I am interested in imagining and sharing the stories of the Inuit people, and our northern neighbors from Labrador. I am drawn to wanting to record the longstanding, continuing, and living traditions of the Labrador Inuit. This exploration aids me in engaging more deeply with my own Inuit heritage and my desire to preserve this knowledge for future generations.
My goal is to create artworks that draw viewers into an understanding of our distinct way of life on our Subarctic coast, and among our distinctive Inuit peoples. I like to photograph people in situ, in their everyday environments and circumstances. I am interested in capturing practices and traditions in the manner that they are still celebrated today in Labrador, in order to create a visual record of a particular time, place, and people.
I was born and raised in Labrador and continue to live here to this day, in the most southern Inuit region in the circumpolar Arctic. My work seeks to introduce others to the world I have known all my life, yet is little understood outside of our northern coast. I also aim to reflect our rich heritage back to our peoples in ways that are true to our culture, beliefs and world views. My photographs arise from my time spent on the land and in our communities, and with the images I capture I desire to share the experiences of our unique Subarctic life with the viewer.
Jennifer Williams is an Inuit photographer from Nain, Labrador.