WAG Purchases Four Pieces From INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE Exhibition

See newly acquired contemporary Indigenous works on view until April 22

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 13, 2018: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is pleased to announce the purchase of four works currently on view in INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, the largest contemporary Indigenous show at the WAG curated solely by Indigenous curators. Popular works by Joi T. Arcand, Dee Barsy, Ursula Johnson, and Linus Woods are now part of the WAG’s collection and on view until April 22 for the public to enjoy.

Reflecting the WAG’s mandate to build, preserve, and refine the collection with an emphasis on Canadian and Indigenous art, the new pieces are an exciting contribution to the WAG collection. The artists are all up-and-coming in the art world, and the works are diverse not only in media but also in theme, including reclaiming language, cultural appropriation, and abstract shapes as they relate to inter-generational dialogue and Indigenous futurity. 

The new purchases are currently on view in INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, a groundbreaking exhibition focused on leading and emerging Indigenous artists from across Canada who are pushing boundaries with their work. INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE considers political insurgency and cultural resurgence to radically shift our understanding of Canada, now and in the future.

Quick facts:
• All four works are new commissions for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition.
• Arcand’s piece is her fourth in a series of LED and neon Cree syllabic signs questioning how the public presence of language relates to acknowledging Indigenous peoples.
• Barsy’s geometric painting explores the relationship between herself and her biological and adopted grandmothers.
• Johnson’s photo-based self-portraits take a sardonic and critical look at the objectification of the Indigenous female body by pop culture, mainstream fashion, and society.
• Woods’ painting is a darkly humorous view of the future of climate impacts and optimism for cultural resurgence as a headdress-donning Ancestor surfs the waves of change on what was once the rolling landscape of Long Plains First Nation.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is a significant exhibition defining new conventions for contemporary practice, exhibition making, collaboration, and self-determination. These four works are not only relevant to our collection, but also serve as momentous memories representing the spirit of the times.
--Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art, co-curator of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE

The WAG wishes to acknowledge and thank the Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Kathleen M. Richardson Fund for making the acquisitions possible.

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Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Breaking ground in 2018, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit wag.ca



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