- art gallery
- Save The Evidence
Authoritative constructions of geographic documents such as maps, are often represented as bordered and contained. This makes it difficult for non-Indigenous people to conceptualize borders as transforming over time; not that they do not exist, but that they transform in relation to multiple fields of engagement and cultural contexts. Geographic borders also work to distance us from one another, especially in terms of national boundaries, which in turn create nationalities: peoples defined within those territorial borders. At the same time, these geographic boundaries can be important defining features of a community. “UnReZerved” includes subject matter of creation stories, legends, significant reference marks for cultural significance, traditional place names, negotiations with the government, commodification of natural resources. All of these features lead to a better understanding of the treaty process that is currently in effect, “as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows”.
In this exhibition, the viewer is ‘UnReZerved’ to explore visual storytelling that challenges our acquired and sometimes preconceived personal knowledge. Perusing subject matter of the artists’ and understanding the forces of assimilation from each of their collective treaty boundaries, the experience can educate and better inform viewers. The complexity of this issue is juxtaposed in relation to subject matter from the three Traditional Schools of Art - Inuit, West Coast and Woodlands style art. Common themes of natural and supernatural connections do not delineate far from one another. Noticeable difference is usually represented in the style or technique. West Coast style is often created in a Totemic style. Inuit style art is largely created from printmaking. Woodlands style often replicates “X- Ray” stylized paintings. In this exhibit, we should find new inspiration through historical and contemporary visual storytelling created by the original Inhabitants of this land. Forward thinking, allows a better understanding and a respectful opportunity for a cultural sharing of knowledge that would include reciprocal learning without prejudice as a basis of new understanding.
- Kevin Lamure 2017 -
This exhibition reflects on Onkwehon:we matrilineal society, while presenting the impact and contributions Onkwehon:we women have had from Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Six Nations of the Grand River and Wahta Mohawks. Sometimes greatness is recognized by worldly achievements, accolades and trail blazing efforts. Not to say that achieving greatness through these means aren’t commendable, but what about those women who not only were the first in their respected fields but were doing everyday things that many of us take for granted?
Onkwehon:we women have always held a high level of respect amongst their peers. In Onkwehon:we society the women are the life-givers for future generations. It is also through the women, that the children receive their nation and clan identity. Some women also hold high ranks in political society as their maternal rights to choose a chief and equally could dispose of his chieftainship. It has also been referenced that Onkwehon:we women were the true feminists.
In this exhibit, women are recognized for paving the way for the future. Highlighting achievements that some women made on the world stage, but more importantly contributions these women made during their lifetime to their community.