Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

In Dialogue

Curated by John G. Hampton

Co-presented with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Art Museum at the University of Toronto

14 May – 26 August 2018

Raymond Boisjoly, Raven Davis, David Garneau, Carola Grahn, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amy Malbeuf, Peter Morin, Nadia Myre, Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), Krista Belle Stewart, Nicole Kelly Westman

In Dialogue is an exhibition structured as a conversation. It features the work of twelve First Nations, Métis and Sami artists. As the exhibition’s organizer, John G. Hampton, says, this gathering of work embraces the “tumble of connections and contradictions that constitute contemporary Indigenous identities.” Hampton hopes to generate dialogue that will undermine monolithic and uncomplicated understandings of Indigeneity by offering multiple perspectives and by creating spaces for new understandings to arise.

The artists featured in In Dialogue invite visitors into discussions that explore what it means to be Indigenous today. David Garneau’s paintings about conversations, although devoid of bodies and words, evoke the animated debates that take place in Indigenous professional spaces, without co-opting the voices being referenced. Peter Morin’s map of Tahltan territory, displayed with an architectural plan of CUAG, connects the physical structure of the gallery to his homeland through his presence and intention. Native Art Department International addresses intergenerational dialogues about art history, collage and the market through its repurposing of a Carl Beam print into an institutionalized neon sign. Nadia Myre’s installation features a recording of a conversation she had with friends about the impact of Canada’s assimilationist policies.

Like a conversation, In Dialogue moves from spaces of contemplation to moments of excitement and animation. As Hampton has said, the exhibition “allows for (and indeed is strengthened by) contradiction and contention within respectful and reciprocal exchanges.”

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