10 Jan 2018
Blackwood Gallery, 3359 Mississauga Rd N, UofT Mississauga
In conjunction with
Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings
Performance by Cherish Violet Blood, Ursula Johnson and Rosary Spence
Wednesday, January 10, 3–8 pm
Innovation Complex Rotunda, UTM
Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos & Esther Neff, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula A. Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
January 8–27, 2018
Opening Wednesday, January 10, 5–8 pm
A FREE shuttle bus departs from outside Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St. W.) at 5:30pm and returns downtown at 8pm.
ABOUT KE’TAPEKIAQ MA’QIMIKEW: THE LAND SINGS
Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings is an audio-based endurance performance that offers an apology to the land for the ways in which our human impact has shaped the landscape and displaced the voices of many Indigenous peoples. Ursula Johnson’s project posits song as a positive force that brings people together in the act of singing. The land is recognized as a feminine body and a matriarch by many Indigenous nations, and many cultures determine their movement on the land through song. In the process of collaboration, the song takes shape and gains a new title in the language of the participants and in response to the land on which it is performed.
Co-organized by Tarah Hogue (curator), Maria Hupfield (artist/curator), Tania Willard (artist/curator)
Presented as part of “Stewardship,” Circuit 4/5, “Take Care”
To support the work of Indigenous women from across Turtle Island through art commissions that drive dialogue and mobilize action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations, both human and non.
To ground art in accountability, value lived experience, and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience, and refusal against ongoing multiple articulations of power and the structural colonial violence of nation states.
ABOUT C MAGAZINE LAUNCH
In conjunction with the opening reception, C Magazine launches issue 136 “Site/ation,” a special issue guest edited by BUSH gallery (represented by Tania Willard and Peter Morin)—an experimental, land-based, Indigenous-led artist rez-idency. The issue focuses on Indigenous and non-Western art practices outside of city centres and gallery systems, and questions where and how art exists on the land, in rural settings and communities. With words and images by Billy-Ray Belcourt, Karyn Recollet, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Marianne Nicolson, Anique Jordan, Ashok Mathur, Toby Lawrence, Michael Turner, and Jeremy Dutcher, among many others. This issue also features an artist project by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, who collaborate under the name Native Art Department International.