PRESENTING IN THE MARVIN FRANCIS MEDIA GALLERY
In conjunction with Platform Centre fore Photographic + Digital Arts
Raymond Boisjoly | Silent Transformation
Location: Urban Shaman
Dates: April 4 – June 7, 2014
Tea and Bannock Reception
from 3-5pm at Urban Shaman on Friday, April 4
Opening Reception at 8pm at Platform Centre for
Photographic + Digital Arts on Friday, April 4
Artist Talk at 2pm on Saturday, April 5
Urban Shaman’s Marvin Francis Media Gallery
Platform Centre fore Photographic + Digital Arts
Silent Transformation is a video installation constructed of common materials. A black tarp is re-deployed as a screen to display an enigmatic text concerning the passage of time. This particular combination of elements is conceived as a deliberately ad hoc formation, informed by something other than a strict, defined utility. In using common materials with common functions for unforeseen ends, the work points toward the possibility of the future being something other than it was.
Raymond Boisjoly’s practice operates as active speculation and engages issues of Indigeneity, language as cultural practice, and the experiential aspects of materiality. His process is situated in proximity to photography, and concerns the nature of technology as a means to index and understand cultural transformation. Boisjoly has presented work in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Senter for Nordlige Folk, Manndalen (2013); Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2013); Esker Foundation, Calgary (2013); Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver (2013); The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2012); and Western Bridge, Seattle (2012). This coming November, Boisjoly will lead a thematic residency at the Banff Centre titled “In Kind” Negotiations.
CONTINUING IN THE MAIN SPACE
Walking With Our Sisters
A Commemorative Art Installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States
March 21 – April 12, 2014
Special hours during the whole exhibit 10 am – 8 pm
**Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in the gallery out of respect for the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
Over 600+ Native women in Canada are reported missing or murdered in the last 20 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or killing paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice. Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice.
Each pair of vamps represents one missing or murdered Indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short by murder. Collectively together the vamps represent all these women; paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they have not been forgotten.
Moccasins are symbolic of the path a person walks in life and within some traditions; moccasins are placed on the body of the person in death to help them on their journey into the next life. Moccasin vamps are the top part of the moccasin that most often carry adornment of some type, whether beads, quills, embroidery or other materials. Whether fully beaded or partially, different nations have developed their own variations on the size, style, shape and choice of imagery on the vamps.
This art exhibit will also bring attention to this issue as the numbers of Indigenous women going missing and becoming murdered continue to grow. According to the most recent research, the numbers are currently estimated as being as high as 824 women and girls missing and murdered in the last twenty years alone.
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Gallery
203-290 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg MB R3B 0T2
The exhibit is currently scheduled to tour to over 31 locations across North America and will wrap up in 2020. This project is being solely supported by donations made by thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women across North America.
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Daina Warren- Director of Urban Shaman Gallery
Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art gratefully acknowledges the support of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Hydro, (CAHRD) Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc., The Winnipeg Foundation, and Assiniboine Credit Union
~GITCHI MIIGWETCH / HAI HAI
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