TSF2021 Visual Arts Exhibition
Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw / Giving Back to Mother Earth is a land based and ephemeral art exhibition. Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw / Giving Back to Mother Earth investigates how our relation to the land has shifted or deepened as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw / Giving Back to Mother Earth questions how this altered connection can inform our uncertain futures. It aims to transfigure the common notion of the gallery experience and the historically European imposed lens of understanding Indigenous art. In challenging this Eurocentric narrative, the artists are working towards Indigenous resurgence.
By creating on the land that the artists come from and live on, Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw / Giving Back to Mother Earth wishes to honour both the land itself and the ancestors who have come before.
This curated exhibition invites a practicing of non-permanence and allows a moment to reflect on the often unequal relationship of give-and-take between peoples and land. This exhibition’s impermanence addresses the unsustainability of the mentality of resource extraction. We humans cannot just keep taking. In a sense, the pandemic is the result of our rapacious propension to take more and more, leaving other living beings with too little space.
How has your relationship with the land changed or not during the course of the pandemic? Does this shift in connection to land inform your future, and if so, how? What does your piece wish to address?
This exhibition explores the reciprocal interaction between artists and land – both gaining from this beautiful disturbance of land, as the land becomes a teacher.
By Amina Creighton-Kelly
Catherine Joncas co-founded Ondinnok with Yves Sioui Durand and the late John Blondin in 1985. Catherine is a trained actor, an author and a theatre director. With the company, she notably directed Kiskimew in 2000, Contes d’un Indien Urbain in 2006, and Katkomiq in 2017. She has also partnered with Yves from 1994 to 1997 to direct the healing theatre in the Atikamek community of Manawan. She was also part of the team of the Indigenous Actor Intensive Training Program that Ondinnok provided from 2004 to 2010.
In 2018 she curated Constrained Body Dancing Body in collaboration with Tangente, an event dedicated to the emergence of Indigenous contemporary dance. For the last 50 years she has been travelling with Yves Sioui Durand on a road of art, love and decolonization.
Wendat endi’ wendake ethawetih yanariskwa ihotiokou’tenh
Yves Sioui Durand is from the Wendat Nation, born in Wendake and member of the wolf clan.
He is a writer, actor/performer and a director and the co-founder of Ondinnok, the first Native theatre company in Québec, now in its 36th year of creation. He is also the first French-Native director to produce a fictional film called Mesnak in 2010.
As an activist, he has worked to the develop Native living art in Québec and Canada. In 2017, he was granted for his achievements with the Governor General award of Canada and in 2018, he was nominated Compagnon des Arts et des Lettres du Québec by the Art and Letters Council of Québec. Now, he is a mentor for Ondinnok and still pursuing his creative work.
Peter Morin is a grandson of Tahltan Nation ancestor artists. Throughout his artistic practice, Morin investigates the impact zones that occur when Indigenous practices collide with Western-settler colonialism. Morin’s artworks are shaped, and reshaped, with Tahltan epistemological production and often take on the form of performance art interventions.
Morin’s practice has spanned twenty years so far, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Singapore, and New Zealand, as well as across Canada and the United States. In addition to his exhibition history, Morin has curated exhibitions for the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. He was longlisted for the Brink and Sobey Awards, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Morin received the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Canadian Mid-Career Artist. Peter Morin is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Art at OCADU.
The Human Nature Collective is a multi-disciplinary arts group comprised of Theo Pelmus, Kris Snowbird, and Daina Warren, all of whom come from vastly different experiences and realities but share hyper similarities in the exploration of issues through creative self-expression. Unbound by medium, the collective of the Human Nature strives to interconnect ideas and issues to make statements of cultural fluidity. The collective of artists brings a wealth of practices ranging from visual to media arts, curation to installers, critical writing to arts administration. All have worked with each other for several years but have formalized into an artist collective in 2017. Our artistic process is adaptable to situational experiences and projects which leaves us open to working and collaborating with other interested, creative individuals.
Human Nature Collective includes artists:
Theo Pelmus: Tulcea, Romania
Kris Snowbird: Ojibway-Cree, Pine Creek First Nation, MB
Daina Warren: Akamihk Montana Cree Nation, Maskwacis, AB