Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning, Untitled, 2017.
EXIST = RESIST
August 2 – September 16, 2017
Reception: Saturday, August 12, 5–7pm.
Guest-curated by artist Laura St. Amant, EXIST = RESIST is an exhibition of photographs and prints asserting the presence of four emerging Indigenous artists and demonstrating how artwork can be used to decolonize. These works challenge notions of identity on land where the colonial presence continues to impact its inhabitants.
About the curator:
Laura St. Amant is an artist of Métis and Anishinaabe background from Penetanguishene, Ontario. A recent graduate in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University, her practice is now based out of Toronto. She works primarily in oil portraiture, and discusses issues of identity from a mixed Indigenous perspective.
About the artists:
Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga (patrilineally) artist and curator raised on Six Nations of the Grand River located in Southern Ontario. They work in photography, video, installation, and sculpture, and are currently in their third year of studies in the Visual Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective. They have recently curated Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries for the Queer Arts Festival as part of their partnership with Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.
Andrew Harding is a Toronto-based artist of Métis ancestry. He writes, "Working within a photo-based practice, my work finds its form in print and installation. Momentary experiences of a time and place are captured in my work, and re-present themselves in a new format, one that materializes it, and makes it visceral. Rather than using the camera to solidify what it captures, I take its contents and through choice of substrate and installation, create a gesture."
Mariah Meawasige is a 22-year-old Anishinaabe-kwe from Serpent River First Nation, Ontario. Her brand identity is Makoose, or “little bear.” She is a third-year student and creative at OCAD University, where she majors in Graphic Design and minors in Indigenous Visual Culture. Meawasige writes, "I utilize my platform as a communicator to engage visual culture, spark relationships, and strengthen the fabric of existing ones. I find solace and gather my strength from the natural environment. As a result, my visual identity is a celebration of the simplicity and chaos of the world around us."
Luke Swinson is an Anishinaabe digital illustrator who is a member of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations and resides in Kitchener, Ontario. Swinson's art reflects his passion for cultural preservation and progression.