With many stunning beadwork pieces on display we would like to encourage everyone attending to “wear your best beads”. 

 

NBCIAWSC, working with the Yukon Art Centre and Arts Section Department of Tourism and Culture, present the exhibition Our Home is Our Gallery (September 8 to November 26, 2016), featuring artwork by over 25 Yukon Indigenous artists.

Our Home is Our Gallery focuses on Indigenous aesthetic acts and the art histories that these methods are connected to.  This exhibition attempts to redefine the gallery space to be inclusive of community and family based experiences. The visual work of Our Home is our Gallery presents skills-based aesthetic practices, including beading, weaving, and tooling by artists like: Fanny Charlie, Annie Henry and Keith Wolf Smarch, represented in the Yukon Government’s Permanent Art Collection, in conversation with artists like Doug Smarch, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Joseph Tisiga and Jim Logan. 

Our Home is Our Gallery features Jim Logan’s painting suite A Requiem for Our Children, a series of paintings speaking to the Residential School experience in the Yukon, these paintings were completed in 1990. Our Home is Our Gallery also includes new performance works by Jeneen Frei Njootli (YAC on September 29) and Louise Profeit-Leblanc (KDCC on September 30), performances are scheduled to take place during the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective gathering (September 28- 30 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre).

NBCIAWSC understands the gallery as a space of flux, transformation, and potential renewal. Our Home is Our Gallery considers the gallery as a place to visit with artwork, as a way of being in relationship to creative practices. The exhibition honours and is deeply respectful of cultural tradition story and territory in the North and the diversity of Indigenous practice, influence and inspiration in these lands. Our Home is our Gallery imagines the opportunity to stand inside the heartbeat of the culture traditions.

NBCIAWSC is a collective of indigenous artists and curators (Cree, Secwempemc, Tahltan) with roots to Indigenous territories. One of NBCIAWSC’s ongoing projects, BUSH  Gallery is a space for dialogue, experimental practice and community engaged work that contributes to how gallery systems and art mediums might be transfigured, translated and transformed by Indigenous knowledge, traditions, aesthetics, performance, and land use systems*. NBCIAWS wishes to acknowledge the support of all the artists, nations, sponsors, lands, territories and traditions that have contributed to the exhibition.

*Bush Gallery Manifesto 2014

 

image: Jim Logan, The Artist and the Musicians, Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection.