Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery


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Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson

On view until 9 August 2020

How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.

The exhibition is cumulative, gathering an ever-changing community of artworks, shared experience and engagement as it travels. Soundings shifts and evolves, gaining new artists and players in each location. Some artworks have multiple parts, others change to their own rhythm as the exhibition grows.

At the core of the exhibition is a grounding in concepts of Indigenous land and territory. To move beyond the mere acknowledgement of land and territory here means offering instructions for sensing and listening to Indigenous histories that trouble the colonial imaginary. Soundings activates and asserts Indigenous resurgence through the actions these artworks call forth.

Artists: Raven Chacon and Cristóbal Martínez, Sebastian De Line, Maggie Groat, Kite, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ogimaa Mikana, Peter Morin, Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk, Olivia Whetung and Tania Willard, with more performers, artists and composers invited to respond and create new works as the exhibition travels to each new venue.

Related Performances and Programming:

Join us on Saturday 25 July for an outdoor performance of Raven Chacon’s work by Long Branch at 2pm. A performance of Tania Willard’s work by Alysha Brilla will follow in the Main Gallery at 3pm.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is an exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada. The traveling exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the further support of the Musagetes Fund held at Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.


By Your Own Stars

Featuring works from the Permanent Collection by Ernane Cortat, Ken Danby, Joseph Drapell, William Kurelek, Rita Letendre, Jean McEwen, Kent Monkman, Norval Morrisseau, Cheryl Ruddock, Richard Sturm, and Michel-Thomas Tremblay

Curated by Jennifer Bullock

On view until 21 March 2021

What does it mean to follow one’s own stars rather than follow the path that others seek to impose? This exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection explores the pursuit of independent thought in the face of external pressure to conform.

The strength of character required to stay the course despite adversity, even in the face of failure, is a valued trait. We respect those who remain true to their principles, even when we disagree. We celebrate stories that elevate personal integrity above comfort or acceptance.

In achieving independence of thought and pursuing truth in the face of misrepresentation, a life’s journey may become a struggle to be heard and to bring change. Yet writing one’s own destiny may inspire others – not necessarily to follow your stars but, to follow their own.

This Permanent Collection exhibition is kindly supported by Activa.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.


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Images (from top):

Heidi Senungetuk, Qutaaŋuaqtuit: Dripping Music, 2018. Various media, digital video.14 min. 07 sec. (total duration). With Miranda Ramnares. Installation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2020. Collection of the artist. Photo: Robert McNair.

Rita Lentendre (Canadian-Abenaki, b. 1929), Kantelle, 1983. Pastel on paper, 64.6 x 80.5 cm. Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Horn, 1997. © Rita Letendre.