An aqtuqsi is a dream from which one must wake up, a paralyzing nightmare. “I decided to put my aqtuqsi in video. It’s so interesting because it is not a nightmare or a regular dream. An aqtuqsi is something that can paralyze you when you’re sleeping.” Mary Kunuk lives and works in Igloolik, Nunavut. A member of the Inuit collective Arnait Video Production (Women’s video workshop), founded in Igloolik in 1991, she has been making videos since 1993. A number of her works are the result of a collaborative process with her community, her family, or other video artists, including Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Her videos are now presented all over the world. In the publication Souffle/Breathing, which was just published by Optica, Nicole Gingras presented this work as part of the new aesthetics of contemporary video.