A discussion on unlearning dominant paradigms of history and place through indigenous and feminist art practices with historian Alan Corbiere, artist Bonnie Devine, curator cheyanne turions, AGW Director, Catharine Mastin and moderated by Director of Women's Studies, University of Windsor, Anne Forrest. FREE admission!
Bonnie Devine is a member of Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Anishinaabe/Ojibwa). Through her art practice, writing, research and teaching she seeks to further the recognition and development of contemporary Indigenous art and in particular, the story and pictorial tradition of the Anishinaabek. Her installation and video works have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Russia and Europe. As a curator Devine has worked with emerging and established Aboriginal artists since 1997. Devine holds fine art degrees in sculpture and installation from OCAD and York Universities and has received numerous awards and scholarships, including an Eiteljorg Fellowship in 2011. She is an associate professor at OCAD University and is the Founding Chair of OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture Program.
Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (The ferocious and predatory Ruffed Grouse clan), is an Anishinaabe from M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He was educated on the reserve and then attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, he then entered York University and earned his Masters of Environmental Studies. During his masters studies he focussed on Anishinaabe narrative and Anishinaabe language revitalization. Mr. Corbiere has studied the Ojibwe language for many years and has attained some measure of fluency. For five years he served as the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M'Chigeeng, a position which also encompassed the roles of curator and historian. Currently he is the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M'Chigeeng First Nation.
Dr. Catharine Mastin is the AGW's 6th Director. She graduated from the University of Alberta's PhD program in History in 2011 and holds BFA and MA degrees in the visual arts from York University and a Certificate in Management from the University of Calgary. Mastin is an experienced museum and gallery professional with a nationally-acclaimed record for her curatorial practice and she is also an award-winning academic with major fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her expertise in historical and modern art in Canada form an integral part of the Gallery's creative program.
cheyanne turions is an independent, Toronto-based curator and writer who holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. Her curatorial projects have been presented at the Western Front (Vancouver), VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver), Gallery TPW (Toronto), the Images Festival (Toronto) and A Space (Toronto), among others. Her writing has been published broadly, including with Canadian Art, C Magazine, FUSE and Monte Cristo. In addition to her curatorial work and writing practice, she is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto), is part of the Editorial Advisory Committee at FUSE magazine, and sits on the Board of Directors for Fillip magazine and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Currently, she is the Shop Manager/Curator at Art Metropole and the curatorial resident at SBC Gallery.