Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

They Forgot That We Were Seeds

Curated by Kosisochukwu Nnebe

09 February – 19 April 2020

Featuring the work of KC Adams, Deanna Bowen, Roxana Farrell, Bushra Junaid, Amy Malbeuf, Meryl McMaster, Cheyenne Sundance and Katherine Takpannie, They Forgot That We Were Seeds uses foodways, as curator Kosisochukwu Nnebe writes, to re-imagine the history of Canada as a settler-colonial state, placing Black and Indigenous women at the centre of an effort to construct a counter-archive. Sugar, salt and cod take on layered meaning as the histories of labour, displacement and adaptation they contain are excavated. Touching on issues of land, migration, and food justice and sovereignty, the exhibition offers a glimpse into decolonial and sustainable futurities rooted in Indigenous worldviews; here, Black and Indigenous women are more than just the seeds that history has tried to bury—they represent deep roots and a harvest more plentiful than we could ever imagine.

Shannon Finnegan: Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Curated by Heather Anderson and Fiona Wright

09 February – 19 April 2020

Through drawing, installation, alt-text, performative events and workshops, Shannon Finnegan makes work about disability culture and access, specifically for disabled audiences. As she describes, her work and reflects the humour, vibrance and nuance of such communities. Finnegan’s practice also calls attention to ableism, seeking to destabilize it through humour and subtle interventions. The Brooklyn-based artist’s exhibition Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet follows on her Disruptions Series lecture “A Completely Customized World Where Everything Is Just How I Like and Need It” and will feature drawings from portrait series, a portable mural and customized benches along with other elements that seek to make the gallery a more welcoming and comfortable space for experiences with art.