Native Art Department International: Protection Spells at MOCA Toronto

Decolonize This Place, The Struggle Continues, 2020. Altered image: Massimo Salesi/

Native Art Department International: Protection Spells

February–July 2021

MOCA Toronto has invited Native Art Department International (NADI) to programme the online video platform Shift Key for 6 months starting on February 1, 2021.

NADI looks to begin 2021 by extending a different view of the social function of artists or artist groups; place and belonging. NADI is a long-term collaborative project created and administered by Toronto-based artists Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield.

The programme Protection Spells launches with “This is The Work That We Do”—a selection of videos and additional materials by Decolonize This Place (DTP) that highlight Indigenous Peoples Day protests from 2016 to 2019.

DTP is a movement based in New York City that organizes around Indigenous rights, black liberation, Palestinian nationalism, de-gentrification, and economic inequality. They practice connection to land and anti-colonial action that dismantle, disrupt, and decolonize museums and cultural institutions within the art world.

About Shift Key
Shift Key is a rotating platform of moving-image artworks shown exclusively on MOCA’s website.

MOCA launched Shift Key in spring 2020 as a way to present and support more artists via our online platform and to expand our digital offerings. After curating the initial selection, MOCA invited independent curator and interdisciplinary art historian Daisy Desrosiers to curate a programme that ran from September 2020 – January 2021. The current curatorial selection by NADI launches on February 1 and will continue the programme with artworks/projects that feel relevant at this moment and can be shared online to watch for free. The videos are currently posted for a period of one month. Thereafter an image and other materials remain, resulting in an archive, which exists in image and text and acts as a document of the conversations and relationships formed so far.

Shift Key is generously supported by Scotiabank.

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