Joi T. Arcand, Fresh Bread - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (detail) from the series otē nīkān misiwē askīhk - Here On Future Earth, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24”, 2009
Casting a line Online Panel Discussion
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Moderated by curator Mariana Muñoz Gomez, this online panel discussion will explore the themes of Casting a line from the perspective of the artmakers:
Joi T. Arcand is from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 territory, and currently resides in Ottawa. Her practice includes photography, digital collage and graphic design, and is characterized by reclamation and indigenization of public spaces through the use of Cree language and syllabics. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including Àbadakone at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON) and INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery in Saskatoon, and founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine kimiwan (2012-14). In 2018, Arcand was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award.
Florence Yee is a Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, whose practice focuses on the intimacy of doubt. They use text-based art, sculpture and textile installation to question the stoicism of assimilation, by holding space for personal and intergenerational failure. Their work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2020) and the Mackenzie Art Gallery (2020), among others. Yee co-founded The Institute of Institutional Critique™ in 2019. They are currently the co-director of Tea Base, a grassroots collective in Tkaronto’s Chinatown run by queer East and Southeast Asians. An MFA graduate from OCAD University, they are represented by Studio Sixty-Six.
Hassaan Ashraf is a multi-disciplinary artist who moved to Winnipeg in 2012 to pursue an MFA. Their work reflects on their journey as a displaced artist, dealing with diaspora, colonialism, politics and the west’s discomfort with alien cultures. Their work re-examines everyday experiences they had in Lahore, including rickshaws, kite flying, the Urdu language and everyday life. Their practice has evolved into conversations about race and gender politics, and possibilities of forming alliances with BIPOC artists and communities to fight colonization and white supremacy. Their current practice involves Urdu and Punjabi calligraphy in different forms, sizes, mediums and performances.
Annie Beach is a visual artist, born and based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory. Beach is Cree/Saulteaux/ Ukrainian, with relations from Peguis First Nation and Brokenhead First Nation. Beach is a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Art, where she sat on the School of Fine Art Student Association as co-president for a number of years. Beach has curated, designed and executed dozens of mural and community art projects throughout Manitoba and works as an art instructor with a variety of youth, community arts and cultural organizations. She was a 2019 recipient of a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for an Emerging Artist.
Niamh Dooley is an Anishininew (Oji-Cree) and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg. She is a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation in Treaty 5 territory, part of the Island Lake communities in Manitoba, but grew up in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, located in Treaty 3 territory. She was a 2019 recipient of a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for an Emerging Artist.