Bruno Canadien, Hustle & Bustle/Downriver House, 2016. Acrylic, graphite, coloured pencil, found images, flagging tape, satin ribbon, on panel. 274.3 x 243.8 cm. Collection of the artist.


INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE brings together 29 emerging-to-established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. The collection considers political insurgency and cultural resurgence to radically shift our understanding of Canada, now and in the future. Working in a variety of media, the artists focus on Indigenous intergenerational cultural knowledge within land based practices, gender, traditional aesthetics, language revitalization, interconnected kinships, identity, and material culture. INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is the WAG's largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art and includes 12 new commissions from artists across Canadian territories and nations. Feel the pulse of today through tufting, tattooing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, beading, media, and performance.

Featuring work by:
Barry Ace • KC Adams • Joi T. Arcand • Dee Barsy • Scott Benesiinaabandan • Jordan Bennett • Heather Campbell • Bruno Canadien • Hannah Claus • Dana Claxton • Dayna Danger • Earthline Tattoo Collective • Bracken Hanuse Corlett • Tsema Igharas • Ursula Johnson • Casey Koyczan • Kenneth Lavallee • Duane Linklater • Tanya Lukin Linklater • Amy Malbeuf • Kent Monkman • Caroline Monnet • Tiffany Shaw-Collinge • Frank Shebageget • Amanda Strong • Joseph Tisiga • Couzyn van Heuvelen • Isabella Weetaluktuk • Linus Woods

See below for videos on some of the artists by CBC Arts and CBC Indigenous!

Curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam



Joi T. Arcand

Dee Barsy


Scott Benesiinaabandan

Kenneth Lavallee

Tiffany Shaw-Collinge

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Kenneth Lavallee, Creation Story, 2017. Printed banner. Collection of the artist.

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events


    Join us for an exclusive preview of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art.

    Friday, September 22, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7pm


    Join us for the opening of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art.

    Friday, September 22, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm


    A special gathering celebrating the artists and artwork featured in the contemporary Indigenous art exhibition, INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE.

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm

  • Culture Days at the WAG

    As a part of Culture Days, on Saturday Sept 30, enjoy free Gallery admission from 11am-5pm!

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11am to 5pm

  • Intervening the Image, short works by Kent Monkman

    Presented in partnership with WNDX and The Decolonizing Lens, join us for a screening of short works by Kent Monkman followed by a key note lecture with the artist.

    Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm

  • Panel Discussion: The Power of the Arts to Build Resilient Communities

    This panel discussion will explore the potential and power of the arts to build resilient communities, featuring award-winning community mobilizer Michael Champagne, visual artists Kenneth Lavallee and Jessica Canard, and Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm

  • Artist Talk & Demo: Dayna Danger

    Join INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artist Dayna Danger for a talk and demo challenging perceptions of power, representation, and sexuality. Free,18+ (mature content).

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm

  • Red Rising Magazine Launch - Issue 7: Two-Spirit

    Join us for the Red Rising Magazine Launch - Issue 7: Two-Spirit

    Saturday October 21, 2017 at 7pm

  • Singles' Meet & Greet: LGBTQ2S

    Meet new people and take part in group activities designed to encourage new relationships.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm

  • Plug In x WAG Curatorial Tour

    This joint tour and discussion will focus on the curatorial methods and processes engaged by the curators of Entering the Landscape and INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE.

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 4:15pm to 7pm

  • Skawennati Screening & Artist Talk

    You’re invited to the Skawennati Screening & Artist Panel with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE co-curator Julie Nagam and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IFF).

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm

  • The Future Imaginary: Cultural Night + Family Arcade

    Join us for free events presented by the Symposium on the Future Imaginary.

    Thursday, November 30, 2017 to Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • Pop-Up Artist Talk

    Join us for a talk with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Amanda Strong.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5pm to 5:30pm

  • Design Panel

    Join us for a panel discussion centred on the theme of space and place, inspired by the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibit. Free entry.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6pm to 7:30pm

  • Beading Workshop

    Learn beading techniques with KC Adams and Jennine Krauchi.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm

  • Family Sunday: Arctic Chill Out/Aventure Arctique

    Celebrate Inuit culture through traditional music, games, gallery tours, and art-making workshops.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Artist Tour & Talk: Joi T. Arcand

    Join us for a tour & talk on the revitalization of Cree syllabics with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artist Joi T. Arcand.

    Sunday February 11, 2018 at 3pm

  • Friday Night Tours

    Join us for conversational tours of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE.

    Friday, April 6, 2018 from 7pm to 8pm

  • UWinnipeg x WAG: Surgence Tour + Talk

    In collaboration with UWinnipeg, join us for a tour of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE and talk with bestselling author Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Free entry!

    Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1pm to 5pm


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