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Jordan Wilson: Inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship

Nov 1, 2020 – Feb 1, 2022

In November 2020, ICI’s inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship was awarded to Jordan Wilson, a scholar and independent curator based in New York and Vancouver. Through the year-long fellowship, Wilson advanced his ongoing research on Indigenous language reclamation; the increased representation of Indigenous language in the public realm and in discourses of decolonization and reconciliation; and the relationship between Indigenous languages and conceptualizations of sovereignty.

The fellowship was conceived in conjunction with Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, who were key advisors and mentors in Wilson’s fellowship. Additional mentors included Lorna Brown, Associate Director & Curator at the University of British Columbia’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where Soundings was presented in fall 2020. Building on his interests in institutional and curatorial accountability in regards to Indigenous community values and protocols, Wilson worked closely with the curators, and contributed to the presentation of Soundings at the Belkin Art Gallery in fall 2020, planning for a public installation in response to the exhibtions's prompts with the Musqueam community. Wilson is also contributing to Listening, the publication that will accompany the exhibition.

Fellow
Jordan Wilson

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

Lead Mentors
Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon.

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.

About Jordan Wilson 

Jordan Wilson is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at New York University. He is a member of the Musqueam First Nation, in what is now Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds an MA in Anthropology and a BA in Indigenous Studies, both obtained at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, Wilson was a Curatorial Intern at the Belkin Art Gallery (2017-2018), where he contributed to the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts (2018). Wilson’s current research examines the politics of Indigenous language revitalization, the legacies of anthropological collecting, the practices of collecting institutions, as well as questions concerning Indigenous sovereignty and settler colonialism. His curatorial practice often involves considering the forms of relationships contemporary Indigenous peoples maintain with their ancestral art, material culture, and immaterial heritage currently held by colonial institutions, and the potential of Indigenous art in the public realm. This work is informed by desires for structural change in institutions with regard to Indigenous representation and engagement, as well as a commitment to the well-being of his home community. Wilson was a co-curator of c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (2015), an exhibition developed collaboratively with Musqueam; and the long-term exhibition In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art (2017) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. His writing has appeared in Inuit Art QuarterlyThe Capilano Review, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and Museum Worlds. He is also a writer and co-editor of the forthcoming book Where the Power Is: Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art (Fall 2021).


Credits

ICI’s Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship was made possible, in part, by grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Hartfield Foundation.