my language has no word for ‘artist’

Dunlop Art Gallery, Treaty 4

David Garneau, Displacement, Indigenous Scholarship, acrylic on canvas, 2019.

my language has no word for ‘artist’

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library (Central Library)
September 23, 2023 – January 10, 2024
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Guest curated by Brianna LaPlante
Co-presented with Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists’ Collective.

“There is no Plains Indigenous word for the role of an artist the way Western culture has defined it. The act of creating is inseparable from the distinct practices of Indigenous cultures of North America. Featuring Northern Plains artists from across our prairie provinces, [this exhibition] vocalizes the collective visual language rooted from our territories.” – Brianna LaPlante

Brianna LaPlante is this year’s mentee curator in the Indigenous curatorial mentorship program; she was mentored and guided by Alyssa Fearon, Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery and Holly Aubichon, former Administrative Director, Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists’ Collective Inc. The Indigenous curatorial mentorship program is a partnership between Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists’ Collective Inc and Dunlop Art Gallery. Recognizing the need for more Indigenous curators living and working on Treaty 4, the program aims to create a unique mentorship opportunity for an emerging Indigenous curator and provide a generative space for study, discussion, and critique. The mentee selected artwork from Dunlop’s permanent collection for an exhibition this Fall at Dunlop Art Gallery.

Brianna LaPlante is a Fine Artist from Fishing Lake First Nation. LaPlante’s larger scale commissions have been sought out to elevate Treaty 4 spaces as an artist from the land. Artwork is an act of lifelong learning and resilience for her as an Anishinaabe/nehiyaw/ Michif creator. Her work is rooted within the elevation of Indigenous knowledge systems informed by the intersections of her life experiences. Underlying tones of her road to reclamation of both language and culture are present within all that she puts out into the world. This narrative is further explored through the multifaceted artworks dialing in on the evolution of culture and the dualities of existing in the two worlds of ceremony and urban life. Her artworks engage mind, body, and spirit.

Artist Talk & Opening Reception, my language has no word for ‘artist’
September 23, 1:00 PM CST
In-person, Community Commons (Central Library)
Online – watch the livestream here
Pre-registration not required.

Join us for the artist talk with Brianna LaPlante, in conversation with David Garneau, recipient of the 2023 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Following the artist talk there will be a reception at Dunlop Art Gallery.

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About Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library

Gallery Hours (CST)
Mon to Thurs, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Fri, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Sat, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 5 pm

Central Library location
2311 – 12th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 3Z5

Sherwood Village location
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina SK S4X 2R1

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
Galleries are wheelchair accessible.


We acknowledge the support of SK Arts, and funding partners SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, whose contributions help the arts thrive in this province.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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