This discussion focuses on the intersection of Black and Indigenous futurisms in the work of visual artists, writers, and scholars led by Toronto Biennial of Art Senior Curator, Candice Hopkins and Toronto Biennial of Art Curator, Tairone Bastien, with Syrus Marcus Ware and Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning.
Syrus Marcus Ware (born in Montreal and based in Toronto) is a visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. He works in painting, installation, and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. His work often aims to challenge systemic oppression and explore the spaces between and around identity. He is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre, and for 12 years was the coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus was the inaugural Daniel's Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17) and is also a core team member of Black Lives Matter - Toronto.
Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Irish) member of Kettle & Stony First Nation, and received her PhD from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University. She also holds graduate degrees in contemporary art (MFA, Simon Fraser, 1997) and critical theory (MA, Western, 2005). Dolleen works at the intersection of Anishinaabe ontology and epistemology, critical theory, phenomenology, and art. Her dissertation Mnidoo-Worlding: Merleau-Ponty and Anishinaabe Philosophical Translations, turns to Ojibwe concepts such as mnidoo (spirit or other-than-human) to propose an interrelational theory of consciousness that involves a possession by these living potencies.
Presented in the context of Amy Malbeuf's exhibition, tensions, at the Small Arms Inspection Building, January 5 to February 9, 2019
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Exhibition Dates: January 5 to February 9, 2019 Exhibition hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-4pm
Amy Malbeuf presents a body of work that considers multiple manifestations of tension - the physical act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained; and the mental and emotional consequences brought by trauma such as intense stress, anxiety and avoidance. The multidisciplinary work in tensions is centred around tarps, objects that are utilitarian, practical, and a necessity, but through Malbeuf's intervention the tarps become symbolic and functional - on one hand serving as tools for rural, utilitarian pursuits and necessities of life, while on the other, in the hands of Malbeuf, the tarps become cultural markers, drawing from the artist's personal, familial, cultural and environmental relationships. This is enacted through the integration of familial objects - beaded gun cases and fur stretchers - alongside bison hides and caribou hair tufting. In doing so, Malbeuf charges these objects with an inextricable connection to the land, and a kinship to her Metis heritage and cultural identity.
Amy Malbeuf is a Metis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta. Through utilizing mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance, and video Malbeuf explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in over forty shows at such venues as Art Mur, Montreal, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; and Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand. Malbeuf has participated in many international artist residencies including at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, (AUS); The Banff Centre; The Labrador Research Institute; and Santa Fe Art Institute (US). She holds a MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Malbeuf has been the recipient of such honours as the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, the 2016 William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, a 2017 REVEAL award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and was long listed for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.
Image: Amy Malbeuf, tensions, installation view at Artspace, Peterborough. Photo: Matthew Hayes
Throughout 2019, artist Hiba Abdallah will lead a series of collaborative workshops, discussions, projects and interventions that trace our collective food memory. We will consider the commemoration of place through walking, discussing and eating together. One of the aims of the project will be to bring an acute awareness to the multiple communities who are present in Mississauga, and the histories of immigration and colonialism that have shaped the city through food.
This mapping session will consider how/when/where/what food is located in Mississauga. Collectively we will trace and plot the different cuisines, shops and homes that compose the food palette of the city.
Presented in the context of Amy Malbeuf's exhibition, tensions, at the Small Arms Inspection Building, January 5 to February 9, 2019.
Image: Hiba Abdallah in collaboration with Justin Langlois, EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE, Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI, 2017
Amy Malbeuf presents a body of work that considers multiple manifestations of tension - the physical act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained; and the mental and emotional consequences brought by trauma such as intense stress, anxiety and avoidance.
ImagineNATIVE in partnership with TIFF, Pinnuaq, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), present 2167, an innovative virtual reality and immersive media project at the Small Arms Inspection Building.
Join us for a beading workshop led by Tabitha Shurgold of the Peel Aboriginal Network. This walk-in workshop will be suitable for all ages and skill levels.
The City of Mississauga will recognize its third Poet Laureate in 2019. The role of the Poet Laureate is to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers within their communities and beyond.