We Remain Certain & Rajni Perera: Futures at McMaster Museum of Art

The McMaster Museum of Art opens two exhibitions early this year. On view now, We Remain Certain explores Haudenosaunee land tenure and the complex history, treaty agreements, and displacements along the Grand River. Opening on February 13, Futures presents works by multimedia artist Rajni Perera that explore imagined futures in which mutated subjects exist in dystopian realms.

Image courtesy of Courtney Skye.

We Remain Certain

January 9 – March 22, 2024
Curated by Protect the Tract

We Remain Certain shows the enduring relationship between Haudenosaunee and their home in Grand River Territory. A group exhibition curated by a collective of Haudenosaunee artists, these contemporary works explore Haudenosaunee land tenure and the complex history, treaty agreements, and displacements along the Grand. This exhibition strives to generate thought and conversation as a means to guide relationships by employing Haudenosaunee “Original Instructions” as a foundation of understanding and collaborating on our shared future.

Arenhátyen tsi ní:tsi teyottenyonhátye’ kwató:ken tsi nī:tsi yonkwa’nikonhrayén:ta’s
Awęhęgyeh shęh hodęˀ dewahde:nihs, haˀgadagyeˀshǫˀ shęh nˀagwanigǫ̲ha:do:gę:
It does not matter what continually changes, our understanding remains certain

Artists: Dakota Brant, Denny Doolittle, Elizabeth Doxtater, Kaya Hill, Rick Hill, Arnold Jacobs, Ken Maracle, Shelley Niro, Protect The Tract Artist Collective, Steve Smith, Greg Staats, Kristen E. Summers, Jeff Thomas
Beaders: Talena Atfield, Tesha Emarthle, Jija Jacobs, Kahionwinehshon Phillips

This exhibition is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, The Longhouse Labs, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area, and Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.

Rajni Perera, Storm, 2020, mixed media on marbled paper, 76.2 × 61 cm, James McKellar. Photo courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown © Rajni Perera

Rajni Perera: Futures

February 13 – May 10, 2024
Curated by Sarah Milroy

Rajni Perera is one of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists. Experimenting with mediums as varied as painting, sculpture and photography, the Toronto-based artist expresses her vision of imagined futures in which mutated subjects exist in dystopian realms. Drawing deeply on the artistic traditions of her birthplace, Sri Lanka, as well as Indian miniature painting, medieval armour and science fiction, Perera has created a body of work that spans feminist and diasporic themes, while contemplating survival in an environmentally degraded future. Perera’s work responds to existential threats with creativity and invention, offering a vision charged with humour and sharp critique, hope and dread. Underscored by current global affairs and accelerated climate change, Perera’s vision is as timely as it is compelling.

Futures includes works from all phases of the artist’s career, early examples of Perera’s mutated goddesses are displayed in concert with her more recent abstractions and sculptures.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with support from Canada Council for the Arts.

About McMaster Museum of Art

The McMaster Museum of Art is a meeting space for both the University campus and the community situated within the traditional territories of the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunee nations. The M(M)A engages and inspires through arts presentation and promotion, as well as by: growing an awareness of the interconnectivity of the past, present and future; advancing de-colonization; engaging in innovative and imaginative research; dismantling institutional and ideological boundaries; partnering and collaborating with intentionality; diversifying the collection; and building capacity.

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