As part of Sovereign Intimacies:

Revealing and Understanding Sacred Roles Through Our Own Process

An Artist Talk by Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 6 pm CT

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

Plug In ICA is excited to invite you to the first in a series of online gatherings as part of Sovereign Intimacies, an exhibition co-curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The exhibition is on view until December 20, 2020. To kick off the extensive online program as part of Sovereign Intimacies, we are pleased to present an artist talk by Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas, “Revealing and Understanding Sacred Roles Through Our Own Process,” on Friday, October 30 at 6 pm CT.

“Working together has brought understanding to the traditional roles that exist in our community, these roles in our work have continuously shifted back and forth between, daughter, father, artist, best friend, designer, colleague. Through our work, we explore what it is to be Indigenous, what it is to be an Indigenous woman, revealing the value of matriarchal roles in our practice.”

Cheyenne Thomas is an Anishinaabe designer from Peguis and Sagkeeng First Nations. She graduated in 2013 from the Faculty of Architecture with an Environmental Design degree. She has worked on numerous Indigenous architecture, landscape, and installations across Canada. She has been a facilitator and designer for the Indigenous Gardens at the Assiniboine Park and presented in the UK, New Zealand, and across Canada. Currently, Thomas is a board member for the Forks and North Portage Partnership, and passionate about bringing her peoples visions and values into her work.

David Thomas is Anishinaabe, a member of Peguis First Nation. He is currently involved in the development of the Indigenous People’s Garden at Assiniboine Park part of Canada’s Diversity Garden. Along with Indigenous architecture projects throughout Canada, David has presented in New Zealand and the UK. David was also part of UNCEDED, Canada’s entry of Indigenous Architects for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. David’s practice, process and research focus on identity and lived experience as an Indigenous person.

Sovereign Intimacies is a group exhibition co-curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith, in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The exhibition takes place at Plug In ICA from September 26 – December 20, 2020, with extensive programming that consists of online talks, workshops, screenings, and poetry readings. Sovereign Intimacies explores themes of cultural and community exchange between Indigenous artists and artists from the diaspora, more specifically artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis collaborating with artists living in what is currently called Canada who came to this land and are not part of the settler/colonial history of the country. The group show consists of pairings of artists, as well as individuals, whose work is based on process and relationship building, and for those whose work is invested in active conceptualization around topics of friendship and intimacy, who are working to build collective vision of a sovereign future.

Associated Programming
Sovereign Intimacies

November 5 – 18
Un/spoken | Video Screening curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead
Presented in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Screening will be viewable on VUCAVU

Monday, November 9 | 7 pm CT
Discussion with Un/spoken filmmakers moderated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead
Presented by Video Pool Media Arts and Gallery 1C03

Monday, November 16 | 7 pm CT
Weaver girl limns two rainbows | An Artist Talk by iris yirei hu

Thursday, November 26 | 6 pm CT
Stitch-Kin | An Evening of Poetry with Poet, Filmmaker, and Textile Artist melannie monoceros

Thursday, December 3 | 6 pm CT
Making intimacy sovereign and sovereignty intimate | An Artist Talk by Wanda Nanibush

Wednesday, December 9 | 6 pm CT
Zong! unTelling the unTold, unDoing the unDone | Durational Reading with M. NourbeSe Philip

Performance with Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto featuring Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith

All public programming is free.


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

Our sincere thanks go out to Collective Broadcast Co. for coordinating all of our online events.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at

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