Untitled V from a Sacred Game: Escape is Perpetual

Artist Joseph Tisiga
Medium Paper collage, oil on canvas
Classification mixed media
Dimensions 190.5 x 190.5 cm

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A member of the Kaska Dene Nation, Joseph Tisiga weaves together cultural iconographies and socio-political reference to critically examine the histories that have informed his Indigenous contemporaneity. Offering a multivocal lens, Tisiga’s collage works predominantly take shape as typologies, indexing cultural artifacts clipped from vintage reference books and encyclopedias set against a painted ground. In Untitled V, the picture plane is washed in green and flooded with cutouts of visual cultural material. Seemingly illogical, this confluent arrangement subverts the colonial and ethnographic prevalence of the artist’s excavated images. Prompted to channel how White Shaman, an archetypal character from Tisiga’s 2009 project, Indian Brand Corporation (IBC), would organize the same information, Untitled V frenetically binds a polarized array of artifacts and peoples into one narrative field.