Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity

Birit Haarla, Katja Haarla, and Outi Pieski, Guhte gullá – Here to Hear, 2021. Multi-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mauri Lähdesmäki.

The Power Plant Spotlights Contemporary Indigenous Artists From Arctic and Amazon this Fall

Public Opening Party: September 30, 2022 at 7-11 PM. Register here
Exhibition On View: October 1–December 31, 2022. Find out more

Press Preview: September 29, 2022
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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, announces that its Fall 2022 exhibition, Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity, will be open to the public October 1–December 31, 2022. Arctic/Amazon features the works of twelve artists from across three continents, taking on issues of climate change, globalized Indigeneity, and contact zones in the Arctic and Amazon during a time of crisis.

The exhibition encompasses both new and existing works, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Curated by Governor General’s Award–winning Indigenous curator and educator Dr. Gerald McMaster—alongside co-curator Dr. Nina Vincent and institutional curator Noor Alé— Arctic/Amazon seeks to shed light on the geopolitical and environmental sustainability issues currently informing artistic practices in these two vastly different, yet interconnected, regions.

Uýra, Série Retomada – FLORESCER, 2021. Photo: Matheus Belém.

Gaëtane Verna, Director & Artistic Director, says: “At a time when Canada is striving toward reconciliation, this exhibition platforms contemporary Indigenous culture across borders and continents. The Power Plant’s public program is back in full swing for the Fall 2022 season, giving plenty of opportunities for all our communities to engage with this landmark exhibition exploring global Indigeneity in contemporary art.”

A constellation of new and past works by artists Pia Arke (Greenland/Denmark), Sonya Kelliher-Combs (United States), Tanya Lukin Linklater (United States/Canada), Couzyn van Heuvelen (Canada), Máret Ánne Sara (Norway), Uýra (Indigenous in diaspora), Olinda Silvano (Peru), Morzaniel Iramari (Brazil), Leandro Lima & Gisela Motta (Brazil), Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Venezuela), and Outi Pieski (Finland) will be featured in Arctic/Amazon.

The public program offers opportunities to learn more about the exhibition through workshops, master classes and tours led by the artists, and a panel discussion with the curators. This season also includes an invitation to The Power Plant’s opening reception on September 30 and calls all late-night art enthusiasts to visit The Power Plant as part of Nuit Blanche on October 1. Regular features of The Power Plant’s program will also continue such as Sunday Scenes, free talks by experts from the art world and beyond, and Power Kids, our free creative workshop series aimed at children aged 7-12.

Couzyn van Heuvelen, Avataq, 2016. Screen-printed mylar, ribbon, aluminum, helium, 40 x 76.2 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Full schedule*

Master Class with artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Wednesday September 28 at 6 PM

Arctic/Amazon Opening Reception featuring cash bar, food truck and DJ
Friday September 30 from 7–11 PM

Nuit Blanche Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art
Saturday October 1 from 7 PM–7 AM

Exhibition Tour with artists Couzyn Van Heuvelen, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Uýra, and Olinda Silvano, and a Curators’ introduction
Sunday October 2 at 4 PM

Natural Dye Workshop with artist Olinda Silvano
Monday October 3 at 6 PM

Plugging in: Networking in the Arts for Post-Secondary Students
Thursday October 13 from 7–9 PM

Portfolio Night at the Ace Hotel
Tuesday November 1 at 8 PM

Sunday Scene with Anna Hudson
Sunday November 6 at 2 PM

Panel Discussion with curators Gerald McMaster and Noor Alé, moderated by Adelina Vlas
Tuesday November 15 at 6:30 PM

Sunday Scene with Natalie King
Sunday November 20 at 2 PM

Poetry Night
Wednesday November 30 from 7–9 PM

Sunday Scene with Carmen Victor
Sunday December 4 at 2 PM

This season, Power Kids will include natural paint-making, beading, making quipus, printmaking and more. Families will learn about artworks in the exhibition and will have a chance to create artworks of their own. Power Kids takes place on select Sundays throughout the season. Check our website for dates.

Power Tours are half-hour guided highlights tours that take place every Wednesday at 6 PM, and Saturday at 3 PM.

Admission to The Power Plant and its programs is ALL YEAR, ALL FREE, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal Financial Group.

*Program is subject to change, and more to be announced. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Olinda Silvano, 2019–20. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Rodolfo Arrascue.

Fall 2022 Supporters: Lead Donor, Hal Jackman Foundation; Major Donor, Goring Family Foundation at Toronto Foundation; International Arts Partners, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

About The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
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