Tania Willard “Basket Rescue Operation”


Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

8 September – 18 November 2018

Curatorial Statement
CALL: To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices1 in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

RESPONSE: To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

Guided by Anishnaabe Nation intelligence as told by Washkigaamagki (Curve Lake First Nation) Elder Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams), we act in the spirit of Nanaboozho who is interpreted in the following text by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as Kwezens, whose “very presence simultaneously shatters the disappearance of Indigenous women and girls from settler consciousness. … [She propels] us to rebel against the permanence of settler colonial reality and not just ‘dream alternative realities’ but to create them, on the ground in the physical world, in spite of being occupied.”

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#callresponse is a production of grunt gallery funded by the {Re}conciliation Initiative, a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. The exhibition tour is additionally supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Saint Mary’s Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on the Saint Mary’s University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.

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