Jerry Evans: Mimajuaqne’kati | Place of Life

Jerry Evans, Mimajuaqne’kati — Place of Life, 2019, lithograph, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, purchased with funds from the Ruth Lockhart Eisenhauer Art Fund

Jerry Evans: Mimajuaqne’kati | Place of Life

June 1 – September 15, 2024
Vernissage: May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University

Curator: Emily Critch

Mimajuaqne’kati | Place of Life is a solo exhibition presenting prints and video by Mi’kmaw and settler visual artist Jerry Evans. Incorporating elements of L’nu visual culture and archival photographs of ancestors, Evans’ work considers the interterritorial relationships between the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq in Ktaqmkuk. It also explores themes related to social amnesia, interruption, and the survivance of Indigenous life and histories in what is colonially known as Newfoundland and Labrador. The exhibition honours life cycles and relations in Ktaqmkuk, and more broadly within Mi’kma’ki, Wabanaki Territory, and beyond.

Jerry Evans is a Mi’kmaw and settler artist born in central Newfoundland. In 1986 he graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He completed an Education Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been a practicing visual artist for over thirty years. Primarily a painter and printmaker, Evans is also a multimedia artist who has worked in film, has reclaimed traditional hand poke tattoo as a means of expression and gift exchange, and has created regalia for his own Mawiomi dancing for more than a decade. Evans coordinated and was principal researcher for the 1996 exhibition, FIRST: Aboriginal Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador, which presented works by Indigenous artists in Newfoundland and Labrador to provincial audiences, and he worked for many years as shop technician and master printer at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s. Evans was included in the 2023 Bonavista Biennale, and recently launched a retrospective of his work through The Rooms titled, Weljesi, curated by Jenelle Duval. This retrospective includes a substantial catalogue, and the exhibition will tour outside the province starting in 2025. His artwork has been exhibited across Canada and internationally and is included in private and public collections across the country. He has been an Artist-in-Residence in Canada and Ireland, has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and is working to develop and deepen his collaborative creative practice and work with communities.

Emily Critch (they/she) is a Mi’kmaw and settler curator, writer, and artist from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk Territory (Bay of Islands, NL). Their recent curatorial projects include Daze Jefferies first major solo exhibition stay here stay how stay at The Rooms (2024), gathering at the water’s edge: visiting artists of st. michael’s printshop at the Tina Dolter Gallery (2024), and eltu’n klaman mukwite’ten | making to remember at the Demasduit Regional Museum (2024). Critch has published exhibition texts, reviews, and essays with several venues throughout Mi’kma’ki including Eastern Edge, The Rooms, Eyelevel, and Visual Arts News. Their artistic and curatorial practices have received support from ArtsNL and the Canada Council for the Arts, and they have been working as an Adjunct Curator with the Owens Art Gallery since 2021.

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We would like to acknowledge that the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, is located within the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq. Our relationship and our privilege to live on this territory was agreed upon in the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725 to 1752. Because of this treaty relationship, it is to be acknowledged that we are all Treaty People and have a responsibility to respect this territory.

Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
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