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Curator Talks - Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

Jul 27, 2016 - Jul 28, 2016

 

This Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 & 28, 10am-12pm | two public talks with Julie Nagam & Michelle LaVallee

 

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to co-present with Wood Land School, talks by two acclaimed artists, educators and curators. On Wednesday July 27, 10am-12pm, Julie Nagam will speak about her work with canoeing, which has informed recent writing and artwork. The next morning, Thursday July 28, Michelle LaVallee will present on her experience with curation as a site of agency, transformation and guardianship.

Wednesday July 27 @ 10am,  Plug In board member, artist, researcher and curator, Julie Nagam will present A Home for Our Migrations: The Canoe as Indigenous Methodology

In 2015, Nagam was appointed the first University of Winnipeg/Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) Chair in History of Indigenous Arts in North America, a unique joint position that involves research and teaching in the Department of History at U of W, and curatorial work at the WAG. In addition to being an active board member, educator and curator, Nagam has contributed to several national and international projects in the capacity of researcher, artist, and curator. Her interests are diverse, including new media, Futurism, and Inuit studies. Spatial relations, including alternative cartographies also occupy Nagam’s work. 

As an active researcher, Nagam is leading several important initiatives. Current SSHRC projects include: The Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital and New Media Labs and Exhibitions and The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art. Her artistic and research practices often intersect, frequently taking up land as site of knowledge and locust for addressing colonialism, dispossession and reclamation. She has published extensively, and curated notable exhibitions, including Concealed Geographies (co-curated with Suzanne Morrissette), and Lisa Rehiana’s in pursuit of Venus at A-Space Gallery in Toronto, Canada for ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

As an active researcher, Nagam is leading several important initiatives. Current SSHRC projects include: The Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital and New Media Labs and Exhibitions and The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art. Her artistic and research practices often intersect, frequently taking up land as site of knowledge and locust for addressing colonialism, dispossession and reclamation. She has published extensively, and curated notable exhibitions, including Concealed Geographies (co-curated with Suzanne Morrissette), and Lisa Rehiana’s in pursuit of Venus at A-Space Gallery in Toronto, Canada for ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

 

Thursday July 28 @ 10am, Michelle LaVallee will present Curation as Agency, Transformation and Guardienship. 

As an accomplished artist, curator and educator, LaVallee is an Associate Curator at the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. Activating and developing greater understanding of misrepresented or marginalized histories is of personal and political import for LaVallee whose critical thought is influenced from her experience working with Indigenous peoples in Canada, El Salvador, Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand).   

LaVallee is of Ojibway ancestry, and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Band, Cape Croker, Ontario. In 2011, she was sent to the Venice Biennale with the Canadian Aboriginal Curators Delegation; the 2010 and 2008 Biennale of Sydney and in 2006, she received the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Assistance to Aboriginal Curators Grant for Residencies in the Visual Arts. As an artist, LaVallee uses a variety of media, provoking the expectations of stereotypical imagery and so-called traditional media. Her work has been shown in a range of international exhibitions including: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; Combine, part of “Love, Saskatchewan” at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Artists on the Horizon at the Mendel in Saskatoon; and in Myths of the Land with members of the Canadian Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Norval Morrisseau and Ron Noganosh, at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Both LaValle and Nagam will speak about their work as part of a series of discussions related to Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman, this year’s iteration of Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute. WLS takes up the powerful imagery of Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman (1973) as a conceptual point of departure that articulates Indigenous agency, the roles of guardianship and protection, and the notion of transformation. Artist Duane Linklater and curator Jaimie Isaac lead a group of participants through a series of texts, films, field trips and studio time for three weeks in the city of Winnipeg. The Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman opened its doors to the public on July 21st with a curator talk by Cathy Mattes, screening of a video by Darrly Nepinak and opening reception. Upcoming programing includes a talk with artist and curator, Michelle LaVallee Thursday July 28, 10am-12pm, and on Friday August 5th, join us for open studios with WLS participants and a wrap party, details to be confirmed.  

 

Julie Nagam and Michelle LaVallee will speak about their research as part of Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman, this year’s iteration of Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute. WLS takes up the powerful imagery of Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman (1973) as a conceptual point of departure that articulates Indigenous agency, the roles of guardianship and protection, and the notion of transformation. Artist Duane Linklater and curator Jaimie Isaac lead a group of participants through a series of texts, films, field trips and studio time for three weeks in the city of Winnipeg. Other associated events included a talk and discussion by curator Cathy Mattas and screening of a film by Darryl Nipenak, and will include open studios on August 5, 2016. 

Wood Land School participant-subsidies is generously supported by an anonymous donor. Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to The Winnipeg Foundation and all our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.

For general information please contact: info@plugin.org.

 

Location: Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

Street: Unit 1 - 460 Portage Ave.

Phone: 204-942-1043