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Introduction to Treaty 1 with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 10:30am

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is honoured to present a talk by Dr. Niigaan Sinclair on Wednesday, August 8 at 10:30am. Coordinated in collaboration with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, Dr. Sinclair will offer a brief presentation about Treaty 1, launching Site/ation, the second session of our Summer Institute program for 2018.

Lead by BUSH gallery collective members Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Peter Morin, and Tania Willard, this session takes 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.

Speaking about the historical and contemporary implications of living and working in Treaty 1 territory, Dr. Sinclair’s presentation will ground the work of BUSH gallery in the context of Winnipeg and Manitoba.

BUSH gallery functions as a space that allows for dialogue, experimental practice and community engaged work that contributes to an understanding of how gallery systems and art might be transfigured, translated and transformed by Indigenous customs, aesthetics, performance and land use systems. BUSH gallery is a trans-conceptual galleryspace. Trans-conceptual repositions ideas born within Indigenous and western epistemological conditions. The trans-conceptual space requires your body to be in a constant state of flux. Never settling like the flow of water in a river. One of the goals of BUSH gallery is to articulate Indigenous creative land practices, which are born out of a lived connection to the land.

Summer Institute Session II participants include:
Lacie Burning • Kevin Lee Burton • Jane Harms • Liz Ikiriko • Audie Murray • Joseph Naytowhow • Dana Qaddah • Christian Vistan • Daina Warren • Bo Yeung

To read BUSH gallery’s project statement and for more information about Summer Institute Session II, see: 

All public programming is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle. You make a difference!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

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