New Season of Events Inspired by WAG’s INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE Exhibit

Tours, talks, films, and workshops celebrate Indigenous artists, explore topics affecting Canadians

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 9, 2018: The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition is activating the WAG like never before with thematic monthly programs reflecting the pulse of today. The WAG’s largest-ever display of contemporary Indigenous art considers political insurgency and cultural resurgence to radically shift our understanding of Canada, now and in the future. January features events on the theme of Space & Place, while February focuses on Language & Storytelling.

January 16, 5-5:30pm • POP-UP ARTIST TALK with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Amanda Strong. FREE • includes entry to the exhibit.

January 16, 6-7:30pm (doors open at 5pm) • Design Panel: Space and Place with Destiny Seymour (INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibit designer), Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artist), David Thomas (designer), Cheyenne Thomas (designer), and Sebastien Aubin (artist). Followed by Q & A. FREE • cash bar and snacks.

February 8, 7pm; doors open at 6pm • Decolonizing Lens Film Screening & Panel Discussion featuring Our People Will Be Healed, a NFB film by Alanis Obomsawin, and Twilight Dancers, a CBC Short Doc by Paola Marino and Theola Ross. Followed by Q & A with the filmmakers. FREE.

February 11, 3pm • Artist Tour & Talk with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artist Joi T. Arcand on the revitalization of Cree syllabics. Included with Gallery admission.

February 21, 12-1pm • Art for Lunch Screening: Enjoy a collection of NFB shorts exploring Indigenous language and identity: My Indian Name, Marie’s Dictionary, and Writing the Land. FREE.

• On view until April 22, 2018, the exhibition is the largest contemporary Indigenous show in Canadian history curated solely by Indigenous curators, covering over 17,000 square feet.
• 29 artists represent the vast Indigenous territories and nations across Canada, such as Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Mi’kmaw, Métis, Inuit, Innu, Tahltan, Hunkpapa Lakota, Haudenosaunee, Wuikinuxv, and Klahoose.
• 12 commissioned pieces include site-specific interventions that respond to the design of the WAG building.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

Participating artists include:
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, and Linus Woods.

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The WAG is grateful to Title Sponsor BMO Financial Group, whose support commemorates the company’s 200th anniversary in 2017, as well as Programming Supporter Barry Appleton and the Appleton Charitable Foundation; Exhibition Sponsors Friesens, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Media Sponsor CBC Indigenous and CBC Manitoba; and Partner Wall-to-Wall Mural Festival and Synonym Arts Consultation.

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