Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

  • Installation view at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 2020. Photo by Robert McNair. Photo courtesy of KWAG and ICI.

  • Vancouver-based violinist/violist, composer and ethnomusicologist Parmela Attariwala performs Peter Morin’s score NDN Love Songs at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

  • Tanya Lukin Linklater, We wear one another, 2019, performance documentation, courtesy of the artist and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

  • Ogimaa Mikana, Never Stuck, 2018, vinyl transfer, artist booklet. Collection of the artists. Photo: Paul Litherland

  • Heidi Senungetuk, Qutaaŋuaqtuit: Dripping Music, 2018, various media, digital video. Installation view at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 2020. Photo by Robert McNair. Photo courtesy of KWAG and ICI.

  • Tania Willard, Surrounded/Surrounding, 2018, wood burning fire ring, laser etched cedar wood logs from Secwépemc Territory, relief print on paper. Collection of the artist. Gifted to Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Kingston, 2019. Photo: Paul

  • Installation view at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 2020. Photo by Robert McNair. Photo courtesy of KWAG and ICI.

  • Installation view at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 2020. Photo by Robert McNair. Photo courtesy of KWAG and ICI.

Curated by Candice Hopkins, Dylan Robinson

How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public, gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.

The exhibition is cumulative, limning an ever-changing community of artworks, shared experience and engagement as it travels. Soundings shifts and evolves, gaining new artists and players in each location. Some artworks have multiple parts, others change to their own rhythm as the exhibition grows.

At the core of the exhibition is a grounding in concepts of Indigenous land and territory. To move beyond the mere acknowledgement of land and territory here means offering instructions for sensing and listening to Indigenous histories that trouble the colonial imaginary. Soundings activates and asserts Indigenous resurgence through the actions these artworks call forth.

Artists: Raven Chacon and Cristóbal Martínez, Sebastian De Line, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Maggie Groat, Kite, Germaine Koh, Aaron Leon, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ogimaa Mikana, Peter Morin, Diamond Point and Jordan Point, Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Heidi Senungetuk, Greg Staats, Olivia Whetung, and Tania Willard, with more performers, artists and composers invited to respond and create new works as the exhibition travels to each new venue.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is a traveling exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada and Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University.


Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada. She was a part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany and a co-curator of the major exhibitions Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and the 2014 SITElines biennial, Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her writing is published widely and her recent essays and presentations include “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has lectures internationally including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art and the 2016 the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

Dylan Robinson

Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw artist and writer of Stó:lō descent, and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. His current work focuses on the return of Indigenous songs to communities who were prohibited by law to sing them as part of the Indian Act from 1882‒1951. Robinson’s previous publications include the edited volumes Music and Modernity Among Indigenous Peoples of North America (2018); Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2016) and Opera Indigene (2011). His monograph, Hungry Listening, is was published in early 2020 with Minnesota University Press.


touring schedule

Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre
Banff, AB, Canada
September 10, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Kamloops Art Gallery
Kamloops, BC, Canada
April 29, 2021 - July 3, 2021

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 8, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Kitchener, ON, Canada
May 30, 2020 - August 9, 2020

The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
Gambier, OH, USA
October 4, 2019 - December 15, 2019

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Kingston, ON, Canada
January 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Booking Info

Tour Dates: Through 2025
Number of Artists/Collectives: Approximately 13
Number of Artworks: Approximately 15
Space Requirements: 5,000 sq feet or more

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