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Watch Now! Towards Accountability: Session 2

Indigenous Curatorial and Artistic Practices

ICI Online

The second convening examines the ways in which Indigenous artists and curators have drawn on their community and family backgrounds in their respective practices, and how these distinct (and diverse) approaches may impart alternative modes of working in the context of contemporary art.

In other words, how has an Indigenous ‘sensibility’ (to borrow from Nêhiyaw artist/facilitator Elwood Jimmy) informed artistic and curatorial practices, and in turn, how have these practices shifted institutional behavior? What lessons might Indigenous protocols, values, and ways of knowing to provide to not only Indigenous but also non-Indigenous professionals and practitioners in making the field of contemporary art more equitable and beneficial for BIPOC peoples? Alternatively, to what extent are such approaches translatable, or, put otherwise, should they be subject to cross-cultural exchange?

Participating Speakers: asinnajaq and Lori Blondeau.

Presenters
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.

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).

Jordan Wilson

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

Respondents
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.

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.

Liz Park

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


Recorded on October 12, 2021

This program was 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.