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the future is in the land
Julie Nagam

Exhibition runs March 15 - April 20, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday March 15, 7 - 9PM
Essay by Cheryl L'Hirondelle

the future is in the land is a multisensory solo exhibition of revelations about the extraordinary and life-affirming relationships we have for too long taken for granted. The title seems apparent, self-explanatory, suggesting a rational given, though an ominous haunting and paradox materializes therein. “Future” suggests a promising forward gaze, and yet Julie sets the tone as if in a dream. This is not a static environment but is inhabited by animated forest creatures that appear periodically within the room. Aiming to draw attention to the destructive and complex relationship we have to the environment, she connects viewers to stories of the land through this experience. As Julie states, “Our survival and our continuation as a people are tied to Indigenous knowledge of the land and a return or an extension of these land-based practices is what will bring us into the future."

Biographies

Dr. Julie Nagam is the Chair of the History of Indigenous Art in North America, a joint appointment between the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is an Associate Professor in the faculty of History. As a scholar and artist she is interested in revealing the ontology of land, which contains memory, knowledge and living histories. Her practice is investigating Indigenous stories of place to visually demonstrate alternative cartographies that can challenge myths of settlement situated in the colonial narratives of space and place.

Cheryl L'Hirondelle is an award winning interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter, and new media curator from the land now known as Canada. Her 35-year creative practice is an investigation of the intersections of a Cree worldview (nehiyawin) with contemporary time/place. She is a member of OCAD University's Indigenous Advisory Council and is currently a PhD candidate with SMARTlab at University College Dublin in Ireland.


For more information about the exhibition please visit www.aspacegallery.org


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