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Towards Accountability: Art and Institutions on Indigenous Territories

Oct 5 – 19, 2021

ICI Online

Towards Accountability: Art and Institutions on Indigenous Territories is a series of conversations curated and moderated by Jordan Wilson, ICI’s Inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellow.

The series brought together artists, curators, and other thinkers who shared experiences and engaged in conversation with one another over three sessions in October 2021, focusing on the actions and responsibilities of contemporary art institutions, public art on Indigenous lands, and Indigenous curatorial and artistic practices. Throughout the series, the guiding concerns are Indigenous participation, actions, and desires in relation to contemporary art and its respective institutional practices.

Foregrounding the contexts specific to Indigenous peoples in North America, the discussions resonate more widely, connecting with the concerns of Indigenous peoples internationally and non-Indigenous marginalized communities. Three respondents were invited to draw connections across and beyond all three sessions.

Presenters
Jordan Wilson

Jordan Wilson is an emerging curator and scholar and is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at New York University.

Asinnajaq

Asinnajaq is the daughter of Carol Rowan and Jobie Weetaluktuk. She is an urban Inuk from Inukjuak, Nunavik and lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).

Kimberley Moulton

Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman and writer and curator.

Jackson Polys

Jackson Polys is a multi-disciplinary artist belonging to Tlingit territory, living and working between what are currently called Alaska and New York.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being.

Ange Loft

Ange Loft is an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator from Kahnawake Kanienkehaka Territory, working in Toronto.

Lori Blondeau

Lori Blondeau is Cree/Saulteaux/Métis from Saskatchewan. Her artistic practice, curatorial work, and activities as co-founder and Executive Director of TRIBE, have proved decisive to the ever-increasing centrality of Indigenous art and knowledge production in Canada.

Respondents
Liz Park

Liz Park is Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Denise Ryner

Denise Ryner is the Director/Curator at Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017-present). She's also an associate curator in collaboration with Anselm Franke at the Visual Arts and Film Department of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Eva Mayhabal Davis

Eva Mayhabal Davis (b. Toluca, Mexico) She/Her is a Co-Director at Transmitter, focusing on collaborative working models for exhibitions, text, and public programs.


Events in the Towards Accountability: Art and Institutions on Indigenous Territories series were held online in October 2021. The programs were supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.