Jake Kimble | Good Grief


Opening reception: June 13th from 6-9pm

Good grief is a place where Jake Kimble can process his loss and grieve. A multidisciplinary Chipewyan (Dëne Sųłıné) artist from Treaty Area 8 in the Northwest Territories, his work uses photography and self-portraiture. He uses images of his whole body to process his life and experiences to understand his past and present.

Kimble's grief began in the spring and summer of 2023. His brother died in a tragic accident and shortly thereafter, wildfires ravaged the land and communities he grew up in. The magnitude and intensity of the loss triggered a grief he had never experienced before.

Kimble felt called to return home, to the places where his memories lived on despite the loss. He spent a month in Hay River and the hamlet of Enterprise, NWT, during the winter of 2023/2024, setting up a studio in his father's machine garage.

His work is a way for Kimble to see his grief occupy a real space outside of his mind and heart. At its core, the photographs reflect Kimble's maxim that if something is talkable, it is manageable, even if it is one small step at a time.

Events: Personal tour: June 12th at noon

Virtual tour: June 19, 12pm on Facebook Live