We Are On Treaty Land exhibition acknowledges traditional territory
Aboriginal curatorial resident Jaimie Isaac curates her first exhibition at Winnipeg Art Gallery
For my first show as the Canada Council's curatorial resident at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), I curated an exhibition from this collection, so it was a challenge to decide on what to exhibit.
I wanted to think about where the WAG is situated geographically; it is located on the traditional territory of Treaty No.1 and homeland of the Métis.
In acknowledgement and honour of that, the We Are On Treaty Land exhibition includes indigenous artists that are from the territory, have responded to the territory or are related to the territory in a meaningful way.
The artists selected for We Are On Treaty Land supports the need to seek knowledge about where we come from and where we are today based on our shared histories. Their significant work provides a means to explore cultural identity and cosmologies, treaty relations, racism, stereotypes, cultural survival, resistance and humour.
Here are just three of the artists featured in this new exhibition:
His work Premises for Self-Rule: Treaty No.1 is one of five from the series. This work provides a response and record of active presence of Indigenous Peoples at the signing of the Treaty No.1 on August 3, 1871. It provides a reflection on agency and self-determination.
Adams' Cyborg Hybrids series, and more recently her Perception series, have garnered significant critical attention.
Fontaine's media includes photography, painting and collage. Her work The Pagan is part of her Spiritual People series. This work reflects Indigenous culture and racism existing from colonization that has informed her experiences.
This blog post has been edited for length. Jaimie Isaac is the newly appointed aboriginal curatorial resident at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
We Are On Treaty Land runs to May 22, 2016, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.