Can the indigenous be global or must it be defined by the local? What are the strategies of sovereignty and decolonization that are shared across borders, and what tactics are unique to a place? Or even more fundamentally, what are the problems and the potentials behind such concepts and methodologies? Alongside these questions topics such as pedagogy, justice and indigenous feminisms, complicating the indigenous-settler binary and exhibition strategies will be addressed. Please join us as three curators and writers — Canada Research Chair Gerald McMaster, curator Wanda Nanibush and Afterall co-founder Charles Esche — engage in an urgent conversation.
Gerald McMaster is Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. He is a writer, artist and curator. A former student at the Institute of American Indian Art, he earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, an MA from Carleton University and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He has worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Art Gallery of Ontario responsible for advancing major reinstallations of their exhibitions. In 1995 he was Canadian Commissioner for the Edward Poitras exhibition at the Venice Biennale; and, in 2012 he was co-Artistic Director of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, entitled all our relations. He holds Canada’s highest honour, the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, and community organizer from Beausoliel First Nation. Currently Nanibush is a guest curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and touring her exhibition The Fifth World. She has a Masters Degree in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and has taught doctoral courses on Indigenous history and politics at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Nanibush has over twenty years arts sector experience through working for many media arts organizations, such as, ImagineNATIVE, LIFT, Optic Nerve Film Festival, Reframe Film Festival, and other arts organizations like Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and ANDPVA in the roles of programmer, festival coordinator, Aboriginal Arts Officer and Executive Director.
Charles Esche is a curator and writer living in Edinburgh, Scotland and Eindhoven, Netherlands. He is director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins College of Art and editorial director and co-founder of Afterall Journal and Books with Mark Lewis. In 2014, he was curator of the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal with a team of seven. In addition to his directorial curating, he has (co-) curated a number of major international exhibitions including U3 Triennale, Ljubljana (2011); Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah with Reem Fadda (2007 & 2009); Istanbul Biennale with Vasif Kortun (2005); Gwangju Biennale with Hou Hanru (2002). In 2012 he was awarded the Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Change by the European Cultural Foundation and in 2014 the Audrey Irmas CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.
Conversation moderated by Charles Stankievech, Director of Visual Studies at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
Supported by Afterall Journal, MVS Proseminar at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.