Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03 present Sovereign Intimacies

September 26 – December 20, 2020


Wrapped in the Cloud © Jaad Kuujus (Meghann O’Brien), 2018. Produced in collaboration with Conrad Sly, Hannah Turner, Reese Muntean, and Kate Hennessy. Video, 4 mins.

Sovereign Intimacies is a group exhibition curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith and presented by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Gallery 1C03. The exhibition takes place at Plug In ICA from September 26 – December 20, 2020 with extensive programming that consists of online talks, workshops, screenings, and poetry readings. Sovereign Intimacies explores themes of cultural and community exchange between Indigenous artists and artists from the diaspora, more specifically artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis collaborating with artists living in what is currently called Canada who came to this land and are not part of the settler/colonial history of the country. The group show consists of pairings of artists, as well as, individuals whose work is based on process and relationship building, and for those whose work is invested in active conceptualization around topics of friendship and intimacy, who are working to build collective vision of a sovereign future.

The curatorial intention is to present not only work in a gallery space, but to focus on an extensive online public program featuring readings, talks, workshops, screenings, and other local community engagements and encounters. The aim is to construct a space where these conversations highlight collaboration and exchange of knowledge. The community is centered, knowing that this exhibition cannot respond to and encompass all the needs of future discussions, but sets the goals for the community to continue these discussions to amplify our collective voice.

Featuring the work of Hassaan Ashraf, Annie Beach, Ayumi Goto, iris yirei hu, melannie monoceros, Peter Morin, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Wanda Nanibush, Meghann O’Brien, M. NourbeSe Philip, Marie-Anne Redhead, Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas.

Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03 are on Treaty 1 Territory. We are located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Sovereign Intimacies is presented by Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03. We gratefully acknowledge screening program partners Video Pool Media Arts Centre and VUCAVU.


Plug In ICA will be open by appointment from Wednesday to Saturday between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Please contact or call (204) 942-1043 to reserve a time. To ensure the safety of everyone in Plug In’s galleries, all visitors are asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry. Plug In is an accessible venue.


Video Screening curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead
November 5 – 18

Discussion with Filmmakers
November 9 at 7 pm CT

Artist Talk by iris yirei hu
November 16 at 7 pm CT

Poetry Reading with melannie monoceros
November 26 at 6 pm CT

Lecture by Wanda Nanibush
December 3 at 6 pm CT

Durational Reading with M. NourbeSe Philip
December 9 at 6 pm CT

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Unit 1 – 460 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0E8

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