Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Riddell Centre - RC 175
Recent hires at Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg and Ontario art galleries have doubled the number of professional Indigenous curators of contemporary art in North Turtle Island. The critical discourse around Indigenous curation and creative sovereignty is contributing to the decolonization of many institutional spaces, while Indigenous-led curatorial projects, writing, and the pursuit of advanced degrees proliferate. This Community Connections event considers these issues through a curatorial roundtable, an artist-led walk, and an innovative concentric Indigenous talking circle, including local experts, students, artists and national and international guests.
12:00-13:45: Curatorial Roundtable - University of Regina (Riddell Centre - RC 175)
Speakers: Sherry Farrell-Racette, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, University of Regina; Candice Hopkins, Independent Writer and Curator, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Janine Marchessault, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, York University; Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre.
14:00-15:00: Walking/pimohtewin - University of Regina to MacKenzie Art Gallery (meet outside the Riddell Centre - RC 175)
Speaker: Ken Wilson, PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of MAP, University of Regina
Reginans consider Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in North America, to be one of the city’s crown jewels: a lush green oasis beside a lake. And yet, like the rest of the city, Wascana Centre is an artifact of the displacement of Indigenous people and indigenous species by settlers. The 2011 drowning in Wascana Lake of a homeless person living in the park suggests the ongoing marginalization of Indigenous people in this city: passersby refused to call 911 while the man was drowning, even though his friend asked them to. Our walk through the park, from the University of Regina to the Mackenzie Art Gallery, will enable us to experience the park's urban history and amenities while reminding us that the park, and the city, are sites of colonial violence as well as of resistance to that ongoing history.
15:15-19:00: Indigenous Curatorial Talking Circle - MacKenzie Art Gallery (3475 Albert Street, Regina)
Speakers: David Garneau, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, University of Regina; Adam Martin, Director, Sakewewak Artists' Collective Inc.; Janine Windolph, Curator of Public Programs, MacKenzie Art Gallery; Audrey Dreaver, Curator, Artist, Sessional Lecturer.
Themes: Sovereign Indigenous display territories; decolonizing the museum; community talk back (TBC)
This gathering consists of concentric circles with the three Indigenous art leaders, host, and invited guests holding the inner circle. Other guests and witnesses take up the other seats. The Indigenous art leaders will each talk about their area of action and thought for about fifteen minutes each. The host will then lead a discussion about Indigenous curatorial and community practices; sovereign Aboriginal display territories in and apart from mainstream institutions; possibilities of conciliatory and collaborative art and curatorial practices; and other topics, first with the inner circle, and then as a general discussion.