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UTM Blackwood Gallery
Time: Jan 8th, 9:00 am End: Jan 27th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Sociology (UTM), Philosophy (UTM), Language Studies (UTM), Indigenous, Historical Studies (UTM), Geography & Planning (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Canada, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, Anthropology (UTM)
Exhibition of art, 8-27 January 2018


CIRCUIT 4: Stewardship
Take Care
January 8–27, 2018
Blackwood Gallery

Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Co-organizers: Tarah Hogue (curator), Maria Hupfield (artist/curator), Tania Willard (artist/curator)
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory 2016

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My body, the land and the ice)(still), 2016. Video, 6:28 min. Video by Jamie Griffiths. Music by Chris Coleman, featuring vocals by Celina Kalluk. Courtesy the artist.

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.

#callresponse is a connective support system that strategically centres Indigenous women across multiple platforms, with a focus on forms of performance, process, and translation that incite dialogue and catalyze action. Beginning with a series of local art commissions by Indigenous women and artists whose home communities span the country, the project is geographically expansive yet brought together in the physical space of the gallery and the virtual space of the internet. Envisioning the initial commissions as a call to action, each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work. The resulting works are exhibited together.

Artists-in-Residence: Cherish Violet Blood, Beatrice Deer, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Rosary Spence
January 2018
Blackwood Gallery

Social Media Writer-in-Residence
December 15, 2017 to January 27, 2018
#callresponse and the Blackwood Gallery created a Social Media Writer-in-Residence program to support diverse perspectives on the project. A Call for Proposals was circulated in November 2017 across social media platforms in search of Black, Indigenous, or POC-identified writers, artists, and content creators engaged with questions of intersectional feminism(s), Indigeneity, community-building, stewardship, and other forms of critical care, social justice, and solidarity work. Through this process, a writer will be selected to compose visual, textual, and audio responses to the #callresponse exhibition and public programs. Making creative use of social media platforms, the Social Media Writer-in-Residence will help build a network of support for the ongoing work of Indigenous women past, present, and into the future.

Feminist Lunchtime Talks
Indigenizing Institutions
Wednesday, January 10, 12–2pm
Blackwood Gallery
Presented in partnership with Women and Gender Studies
Following the publication of Canada’s 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and resistance to celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, many Indigenous groups and allies have called for greater attention to the legacies of discrimination and oppression that have shaped the development of the nation. This panel responds to these calls by asking what it means to effectively Indigenize an institution, in a society deeply shaped by settler colonialism. Our esteemed panel of discussants will share their experiences of Indigenizing institutions in the GTA and across Canada, including the problems, paradoxes, and possibilities of these efforts.

  • Jill Carter, Assistant Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto; Tarah Hogue, Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art, Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Denise Booth McLeod, Indigenous and Community Engagement Coordinator, Toronto Birth Centre
  • Kris Noakes, President, Peel Aboriginal Network
  • Moderator: Nicole Laliberte, Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga

Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings
Performance by Ursula Johnson, Cherish Violet Blood, Rosary Spence
Wednesday, January 10, 3–8pm
Innovation Complex Rotunda, UTM
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. 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.

Opening Reception and C Magazine Launch
Wednesday, January 10, 5–8pm
Blackwood Gallery
In conjunction with the opening reception, C Magazine launches c136 Site/ation, a special issue guest edited by Tania Willard and Peter Morin of BUSH gallery—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. It features an artist project by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lugan, who collaborate under the name Native Art Department International.

Song workshops with Ursula Johnson and Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Presented in partnership with Peel Aboriginal Network Friendship Centre
208 Brittania Road East, Unit 1

All Our Relations: The Art of Land and Indigenous Stewardship
Panel Discussion
Friday, January 19, 2018, 4–6pm
Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St. George Street, Room 100
This roundtable discussion seeks to unpack the concept of “stewardship” from perspectives rooted in place and culture. What is stewardship in relation to Native Feminisms, Indigenous concepts of land, gender, and territory? How does stewardship intersect with sovereignty, artistic practice, and collections?

  • Beatrice Deer, Program Officer, Avataq Cultural Institute, the Inuit cultural organization of Nunavik (Northern Quebec)
  • Lisa Myers, Artist and Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Lindsay Nixon, Indigenous editor-at-large, Canadian Art
  • Eve Tuck, Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
  • Moderator: Michelle LaVallee, ‎Director at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Art Centre


Reader-in-Residence Session with Art Metropole
Public reading by Maggie Groat
Wednesday, January 24, 12–1pm
Blackwood Gallery

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, January 28, 12–5pm
The tour picks up at Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Bradley Museum, and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. To RSVP: email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, January 26 at 5pm.

The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Blackwood Gallery is grateful for the generous support of #callresponse from the Jackman Humanities Institute Artist-in-Residence Program and the BC Arts Council, with additional support from grunt gallery, the Department of Visual Studies, and Women and Gender Studies (UTM).

Image credit:  Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My body, the land and the ice)(still), 2016. Video, 6:28 min. Video by Jamie Griffiths. Music by Chris Coleman, featuring vocals by Celina Kalluk. Courtesy the artist.

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