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Melissa General, Kehyá:ra's, 2016. Video and audio, 19:15. Courtesy of the artist

Post Script
Rebecca Belmore, Susan Blight, Melissa General, Luke Parnell

Curated by Lisa Myers

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
1-30 June 2018

Curator’s Talk and Reception
Friday 22 June, 7:00 pm

Post Script features artworks that access site and land through sound, language and materials. The exhibition builds on the many conversations started by Carry Forward, curated for KWAG’s fall 2017 program and currently touring to Rodman Hall Art Centre.

During the summer of 1992 Marjorie Beaucage invited artist Rebecca Belmore to bring her performative artwork Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother to the Protectors of Mother Earth Wiggins Bay Blockade in Northern Saskatchewan. Belmore had travelled across the country inviting different people to speak to the land with the aid of a large megaphone sculpture. Beaucage’s documentary, Speaking to Their Mother, provides a window into Belmore’s process and motivations for making the artwork, while also documenting community members speaking Cree to the clear-cut forest. If we think of land as a document that can be read, imbued with meaning and understood, then every extraction, every trespass, every indelible mark left on its surface impacts how it is to be read in the future. More than 25 years later, this documentary and Belmore’s sculpture highlight how voice and action speak to land.

As an inspired correspondence, Post Script will unfold over the course of June 2018. From June 1 to June 3 a single work will occupy KWAG’s Main Gallery: Rebecca Belmore’s Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother. Each Monday beginning June 4, another artwork will join the gallery, allowing a conversation to incrementally build within the space. Including recent work by Melissa General (from June 5); new work by Luke Parnell (on June 12); and an installation by Susan Blight (from June 19), Post Script continues a discussion with a particular emphasis on the inextricable link between the body, land and voice.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Her curatorial practice considers different kinds of value placed on elements such as time, sound, memory and knowledge. Her curatorial projects include touring exhibitions Carry Forward (2017); wnoondwaamin | we hear them (2016); Recast (2014); and Reading the Talk (2014). Myers has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. In addition to many exhibition publications, her writing has been published in Senses and Society, Public, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is based in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario and is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


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Luke Parnell, Remediation, 2017. Digital video, 11:48. Image courtesy of the artist.

Post Script is presented in concert with CAFKA.18 (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area). Artist Susan Blight, whose work Guided by Streams will appear in CAFKA.18, will be the next speaker in the Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery on Thursday 28 June at 7 pm.

Post Script is supported by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund and the Jackman Foundation. Curator's Talks at KWAG are kindly supported by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

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Manager, Media and Communications
svegh@kwag.on.ca | 519-579-5860 x 218

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