Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary
October 6 to December 2, 2017
Opening Reception October 5, 5 to 7 pm
Future Memories (Present Tense) brings together six contemporary Indigenous artists from different regions of Canada, whose work diversely challenges linear ideas of time through story-telling. Each artwork uniquely relates to the theme by either surfacing silenced narratives, deconstructing current dominant narratives, or imagining a past yet to be. The exhibition considers how history, tradition, and personal narratives inform the construction of one’s own cultural identity as this fluctuates and re-arranges itself continuously. The authorial voices included in the selection not only open a window on how Indigenous communities and individuals wish to represent and project themselves today, but construct new scenarios, give shape to a possible future, poetically and politically rethinking our society in relation to selfhood.
Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his home ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Having been raised as you “everyday average suburbanite” it wasn’t until he was eight years old that he discovered his Liǥwildaʼx̱w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage. Later in life, this discovery would be the conceptual focal point of his contemporary art practice.
His practice is diverse, exploring multiple mediums and materials to negotiate Western and Kwakwaka’wakw principles of art making. His work often often explores his family history as a way shed light on Canada’s hidden history and treatment of the First People.
Assu received his BFA from the Emily Carr University in 2002 and his MFA from Concordia University in 2017. He has been awarded Emily Carr University’s distinguished alumni award (2006); the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations Art (2011) and is a 2017 Laureate for the REVEAL – Indigenous Art Awards.
He currently resides in unceded Liǥwildaʼx̱w territory (Campbell River, BC).
Mark Igloliorte is an interdisciplinary artist of Inuit ancestry from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing.
In 2017 Igloliorte received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the The Hnatyshyn Foundation.
His work has been shown nationally and internationally with work of international contemporary artists: Francis Alys, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Peter Doig, Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Further, Igloliorte has been profiled in features by Canadian Art Magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly.
Meryl McMaster is an Ottawa-based artist and holds BFA in Photography from OCAD University. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and UK, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She currently has a solo touring exhibition across Canada titled “Confluence” traveling until 2018. McMaster is the recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, the Canon Canada Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the OCAD U Medal and was long listed listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. Her work has been acquired by various public collections within Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Eiteljorg Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. In 2014, Peter was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize. Morin recently relocated joined the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University.
Rolande Souliere became a contemporary visual artist when she migrated to Australia in 1998. Living between Australia and Canada has highlighted the common political interests, the shared struggles and historical memory of colonialism of Indigenous people on a global level. Souliere’s practice is anchored in addressing Indigenous histories that have either been silenced, misrepresented and or hidden within western academic and socio-political discourses.
To address these Souliere uses mass-manufactured goods that she manipulates using traditional First Nation processes such as threading, stacking, binding and patterning. When asked why she uses the assisted readymade, Souliere replies “its faster, saves time and money”. Among Souliere’s well-known installations are the ones constructed from street barrier and caution tape to address Indigenous land claims, infrastructural intervention and economic growth with the oncoming of colonial settlement. Souliere continues to experiment with new materials and processes as a visual means to raise awareness of Indigeneity – locally, nationally and internationally.
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, collodion wet plate photography, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibits and performances include, Witnesses at the Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Reconsidering Reconciliation, TRU, Kamloops, The Shaman Exterminator, On the Trail of the Woodcraft Indians with the Buffalo Boy Scouts of America, Paved Arts, Saskatoon, Making Treaty 7, Calgary, “Suffer little children…”, ARNICA, Kamloops, Buffalo Boy’s Coal jubilee, House of the Wayward Spirits- ANDPVA, Toronto, White Shame Re-Worked, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Holding Our Breath (Canadian Forces Artist Program-Afghanistan tour), Grunt Gallery, Vancouver and Neutral Ground, Regina, Beyond Redemption at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Photo Quai, Musee du quai branly and Unmasking at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France, “The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy”, The Works, Edmonton, Pink Panther, Open Space, Ft. Simpson, Kentucky Fried Chicken Dance, Two Story Café, Prince Albert, Brave Seduction, Gallery 101, Ottawa and “Buffalo Boy’s You can roller skate in a Buffalo herd”, Harbourfront, Toronto. He is a regular participant at Burning Man and was featured in the 2007 summer issue of Canadian Art: Buffalo Boy at Burning Man and Spring issue of FUSE magazine: Buffalo Boy Then and Now 2009.
Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities. He is represented by the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he currently resides.
Symposium – October 4 + 5, 2017
Collage Workshop with Rolande Souliere – October 11, time TBD in the Lodgepole Centre, ACAD
Gallery Tour with Lorenzo Fusi – November 1, 1pm
Wikipedia edit-a-thon – November 8, 1pm, location TBD