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Summer Institute Session II: Indigenous Art History at the BUSH by Cathy Mattes | Wednesday, August 15, 10:30am
August 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Indigenous Art History at the BUSH,” a talk by Cathy Mattes as part of Site/ation by BUSH gallery (Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Peter Morin and Tania Willard). As an internationally distinguished curator Mattes is known for strategies that emphasize audience participation, direct engagement, and Michif cultural protocols and practices. As an educator at Brandon University, Mattes makes connections between politics and art with the understanding that artists can enact social change. Drawing attention to marginalized art histories, Mattes contributes essential labor towards shifting dominant narratives in the presentation of contemporary art and curatorial practice.
For this presentation, Mattes will speak about her curatorial work, including the Rielisms exhibition, and Inheritance, a recent exhibition of work by Amy Malbeuf that included collaborative elements such as ‘kitchen table talk’ and jigging after artist talks.
Mattes’s talk is part of Plug In ICA’s second session of our 2018 Summer Institute, Site/ation facilitated by BUSH gallery. BUSH uses a radical approach to curating and art-making, born from active engagements and lived experiences on the land, land marking, contemporary art, the reserve, and the gallery. Using Indigenous methodologies to build a transformational space, that is open to everyone, BUSH seeks to de-centre the gallery, and the city as epicentres of contemporary art.
Cathy Mattes is a proud Michif writer and curator based in rural Southwestern Manitoba. Her practice focuses on the intersection of Indigenous issues and art, with an emphasis on community, which she sees as a complicated concept, to be explored, questioned and located. Interested in creating better conditions for Indigenous cultural workers, Mattes has served on the board for the Urban Shaman Gallery, and collaborated with Indigenous cultural workers in Australia and Venice. Her curatorial projects include Frontrunners, Urban Shaman Gallery and Plug In ICA; Blanche: KC Adams & Jonathan Jones, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney Australia; Rockstars & Wannabes, Urban Shaman Gallery, and Transcendence – KC Adams, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was selected as a delegate on the Canada Council for the Arts’ Aboriginal Curators Delegation to New Zealand and Australia. In addition to her freelance work, Mattes was the curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba between 2003 and 2005, and has been a consultant for various government agencies and arts organizations. She is an Assistant Professor teaching art history at Brandon University in the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department, and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies.