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#callresponse
Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory
Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard

June 1 to July 13, 2018 at AKA and Wanuskewin Galleries
June 7, 7pm at AKA Indigenous Food Sovereignty: meal and discussion with Priscilla Settee
June 15, 8pm reception at AKA in conjunction with Listen, Witness, Transmit and Scott Benesiinaabandan / Animiikikaa 10-97
June 27, 10:30am Medicine Walk at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

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Tania Willard, Only Available Light (detail), from the series Only Available Light, 2016. Archival film (Harlan I. Smith, The Shuswap Indians of British Columbia, 1928), projector, selenite crystals and photons. Film 8:44. Original composition by Leela Gilday.

CALL
To support the work of Indigenous women from across Turtle Island through art that drives dialogue and mobilizes action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

RESPONSE
To ground art in accountability, value lived experience and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience and refusal against the ongoing multiple articulations of power and structural colonial violence of nation states.


AKA artist-run and Wanuskewin Galleries present #callresponse, an artistic and curatorial collaboration led by Indigenous women. A touring exhibition with responsive programming, #callresponse promotes discussion and action around Indigenous cultural revitalization, land-based knowledge, and cross-cultural solidarity. Shining a light on work that is both urgent and long-term, #callresponse acts as a connective support system that begins with commissioned artworks created by five Indigenous North American women artists and their invited respondents.

A touring exhibition, #callresponse opened at Vancouver’s grunt gallery in 2016, and the project continues to evolve and engage each to which it travels with specific programming. #callresponse strategically centers Indigenous women across multiple platforms, moving between specificity of Indigenous nations, site, online space, and the gallery. The project focuses on forms of performance, process, and translation that incite dialogue and catalyze action across borders between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. An online platform using the hashtag #callresponse on social media connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges. #callresponse aims to promote visibility, populate as many spaces, and media, to broadcast the message and to catalyze bodies.

#callresponse is grounded in discussions about the importance of Indigenous Feminisms in grounding our lives and work in reciprocal relations, while critiquing and refusing the intersections of colonialism and patriarchy. The project reorients the vital presence of Indigenous women—their work and their embodied experiences—as central, as defining, and as pre-existing current appeals for a reconcilable future.

More about the artists.

#callresponse is a production of grunt gallery and is funded by the {Re}conciliation Initiative, a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. The exhibition tour is supported by The British Columbia Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


Media Arts Matriarchs
Billboard organized by Niki Little, Becca Taylor and #callresponse
Co-presented by AKA, PAVED Arts and Wanuskewin
June 13 to July 31, 2018

Media Art Matriarchs is a collective naming and feminist citation of Indigenous women-identified artists and trailblazers within film, video, audio, and new media. This billboard is a gesture of respect to honor a generation of women who led by example and whose work we are indebted to. On the occasion of the Saskatoon presentation of #callresponse, a touring exhibition with responsive programming, and the Listen, Witness, Transmit gathering (SK) organized by the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC).



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AKA
424 20th Street West
Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis
S7M 0X4 | 306 652-0044 | Accessible
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Wanuskewin Galleries
RR #4 Penner Road
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3J7 | 3069316767
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