Dana Prieto and Katheryn Wabegijig: what they hold within


You recurred, you restrained, you cared, and you kept me alive, Dana Prieto, 2019.

what they hold within
Dana Prieto and Katheryn Wabegijig

September 23 – December 5, 2020
At the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in the Main Gallery

This exhibition explores the intricate connections between extractive economies and cultural resilience through a material, affective, spiritual and conceptual study of vessels.

Anishinaabe artist Katheryn Wabegijig and Argentine artist Dana Prieto’s collaboration is rooted in a deep concern for learning, discussing and enacting sustainable and radical forms of care for the land and water among responsible Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships.

Conceived during a time of shared isolation and bewilderment, this site-specific and process-based project poetically mobilizes clay and copper in the creation of new works that hold space for contemplating the pounding legacies of our shared material histories.


Dana Prieto is an Argentine artist and educator based in Toronto. Dana’s site-responsive art practice manifests in sculpture, installation, performance, writing and collaborations. Her work examines our intimate and collective entanglements with colonial institutions and power structures, calling for a careful attention to our ways of relating, thinking, making and consuming in the Anthropocene.

Katheryn Wabegijig is an Ojibway/Odawa multidisciplinary artist belonging to Garden River First Nation with ancestry in Wikwemikong and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Anishinaabe traditional knowledge, family dodems/clan animals and culturally significant design have informed her art practice furthering her on her path to personal decolonization and re-indigenization.


Drumming Workshop | October 1st | with students from Supporting Hamilton’s Aboriginal Education program.

what they hold within: A Storytelling Event | October 29 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hosted and curated by Katheryn Wabegijig, with storytellers Janet Rogers and John Isaiah Edward Hill. This event is open to the public and will be online. More information closer to the date, on our website.

A Lake, A Dish, A Hold: Vessel Building Workshop & Local Clay Exploration | November 21
Led by Dana Prieto and Paola Gomez for women and children of Inasmuch House, a women’s residence.


Pounding Pennies, Katheryn Wabegijig, 2018-2020

WAHC wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Hamilton, the Province of Ontario, CUPE, CBTU and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of our exhibitions and ancillary programs.

WAHC acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat and Neutrals, and later, the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe as governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Covenant.

For more information, please contact Sonali Menezes, Program and Exhibitions Specialist, at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or sonali@wahc-museum.ca

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