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As part of Sovereign Intimacies:

Making Intimacy Sovereign and Sovereignty Intimate | An Artist Talk by Wanda Nanibush

Thursday, December 3, 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 so pleased and honoured to present an artist talk by the prolific writer and curator Wanda Nanibush on Thursday, December 3 at 6pm CT. Her talk entitled, Making Intimacy Sovereign and Sovereignty Intimate, takes a personal journey through the nexus of Sovereign/Intimacy, delving into her art practice and filmmaking Nanibush will begin the evening with a screening of her short video Arrivals and Departures.

This event is presented as part of Sovereign Intimacies in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation. Currently Nanibush is the inaugural curator of Indigenous art and co-head of the Indigenous + Canadian Art department at Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Her current AGO exhibition, Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental is touring internationally as well as two independent projects Nanabozho’s sisters (Dalhousie) and Sovereign Acts (JMB). Nanibush has a Masters of Visual Studies from University of Toronto where she has taught graduate courses. On top of many catalogue essays Nanibush has published widely on Indigenous art, politics, history and feminism and sexuality.

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

Friday, October 30 | 6 pm CT
Revealing & Understanding Sacred Roles Through Our Own Process | An artist Talk by Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas

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.

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