Marvin Francis Media Gallery
In partnership with grunt gallery (Vancouver BC)
Artist: Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew
Dates: November 14 to December 13, 2014
NEW!!! PANEL DISCUSSION: Saturday, December 6th at 2pm
Please join at Urban Shaman our guests David Krouse, Liz Barron and Archer Pechawis as they discuss the life and work of Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew.
Food and refreshments will be served.
Location: Online Exhibition and Installation in Urban Shaman’s Marvin Francis Media Gallery
This site features a comprehensive look at the work of Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew. Ahasiw was a theorist, curator, writer, new media practitioner and performance artist. He worked in artist run centres in Vancouver, Regina and Winnipeg curating and producing new practices in performance and new media. Ahasiw passed away in 2006. Ghostkeeper features writing, images, websites and performance documentation of Maskegon-Iskwew’s work as well as essays by other curators and producers on his work.
Among the first Aboriginal artists in Canada working in New Media and Net Art Maskegon-Iskwew’s work as a curator, producer and writer laid important groundwork for Aboriginal artists in these fields and is an important voice in the development of these medias within the Aboriginal communities. This site brings together many of his essential writings, websites and performances allowing them to continue to have an influence in the development of these practices in Canada and beyond.
On behalf of the curators I would like to thank Alain Malo, Ahasiw’s partner for his support and cooperation in creating this site. – Glenn Alteen, Co curator
Biography: Âhasiw Maskêgon-Iskwêw was Cree/French Métis born in McLennan, Alberta in 1958. He graduated in performance art and installation from Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1985. He was Director, Exhibition and Performance Coordinator, and Board Member for the Pitt Gallery in Vancouver (1988-1990) and worked as Adult Education Instructor for the Native Education Centre in Vancouver teaching Contemporary Native Cultural Studies, College Preparation English, and Native Studies (1990-1991).