Oneself, and one another

Lita Fontaine, Whess Harman, Meagan Musseau, Rhayne Vermette

Curated by Jennifer Smith

July 20
6pm- talk with Lita Fontaine and Meagan Musseau
7pm- Opening reception, with drummer and song carrier Dawn Lavand

The aceartinc. & National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition’s Indigenous Curator In Residence, invite you to the opening of Oneself, and one another. Funded by The Winnipeg Foundation.

The blanket use of the word ‘Indigenous’ can eclipse the incredible diversity within Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island. Oneself, and one another is an exploration of this and the inter-identities of Indigenous artists in Canada. Each of the four artists creates work about their own distinct culture, interests and lives. What we discover is how non-homogenity is itself a defining feature of Indigenous culture, a means of working together, and a source of great power.

The great power brings together four artists, who independent of each other explore ideas of gender, multiple cultural identities, tradition, age, territory, the Dakota Nation, the Metis Nation, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Lake Babine Nation, environmental issues, history, punk culture, decolonization, the lives of artists and Indigeneity. Together the artists form an exhibition that places their Indigeneity at the centre, but makes room to celebrate each difference and explore how combined each difference strengthens each other.

Activities

July 20
6pm- talk with Lita Fontaine and Meagan Musseau
7pm- Opening reception, with drummer and song carrier Dawn Lavand

July 25
7pm- Come for a discussion about the exhibit with the curator, Jennifer Smith

July 31
6pm- Artist talk with Whess Harman

August 8
Screening the films of Rhayne Vermette. Time TBA.

 

 

About the Artists:

Lita Fontaine
Lita Fontaine is of Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Metis descent. Fontaine is a Mother, sister, Art Educator and Visual Artist. Her mother Rose Anne Fontaine’s band affiliation is Long Plain, her father’s, Sagkeeng First Nation. Fontaine was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. Ever since childhood, Fontaine always enjoyed the act of creation like drawing, building, sewing and collecting recyclables.

During Fontaine’s late twenties, the creative urge to become an artist became quite strong. Being a single mother at the time she decided to return to school and enrolled in the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in the Diploma program where she developed and hone her skills and abilities in drawing and black and white photography. She later pursued an higher education at the University of Regina, Visual Arts Faculty where she attained a Master of Fine Arts, (M.F.A.) specializing in Inter-media and, as some may know as Mixed–media.

Fontaine’s practice is predominately studio based and her methodology in the area of arts education is hands on, where creative processes play an integral role in learning. Fontaine believes the visual arts acts as a catharsis that nourishes emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual growth while making art.

Whess Harman
Whess Harman is a queer, mixed-race, trans/non-binary artist, born in prince rupert, BC in 1990 and is a member of the Lake Babine Nation. Their work uses multi-media strategies in print, text and illustration to address issues of representation and memory. Whess completed a BFA at emily carr university in 2014. They have attended residencies at the banff art centre in 2014 and 2016 and at plug-in ICA in winnipeg in 2017. On-going work in includes beadwork and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating “Indigenous Punk” jacket series, as well as text based wheat-pasting projects.

Meagan Musseau
Meagan Musseau is an interdisciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq and French ancestry from the community of Curling in the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador––Elamstukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory of Mi’kma’ki. She works with customary art practices and new media, such as beadwork, basketry, land-based action and installation to explore memory, language, and the relationship between land and body, object and narrative. Musseau graduated with a BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a member of the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program 2015-16 on unceded Coast Salish territory and has participated in artist residencies both nationally and internationally, at such venues as; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta; Centre for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, United States; University of Brighton Fine Art Printmaking, Brighton, England; and the National Artist Program, 2011 Canada Games, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been supported by awards such as the Emerging Artist Award, VANL-CARFAC (2018); Atlantic Canadian Emerging Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2018); Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (2016); and Corner Brook Emerging Artist of the Year (2013).

Rhayne Vermette
Following a very conscious departure from architectural academia, Rhayne Vermette (b. 1982, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba), figured a distinctive craft within the construction of images through film and photography. Primarily self-taught, and under the influence of post-war Italian architects, Vermette’s work is ignited by themes from the Decadent movement as well as notions of the indeterminate. Her artistic practice comes into focus through a volume of analogue moving images works exceeding over 20 short films. These films have screened at innumerable occasions including Images Film Festival, Jihlava International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, European Media Arts Festival, DOXA, Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Architecture Biennale, and so on …

Though treading the artistic landscape under the guise of a filmmaker, the ephemera from this practice is unconditionally instructed by a camouflaged contemporary art practice. Across this expanse, you will find spatial inquiries articulated through images sculpted at varying scales – from microscopic collages fixed onto individual 16mm cells to a flip of the mirror portraying vast landscapes or insipid spaces through 35mm still photography.

Rhayne lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

About the Curator:

Jennifer Smith is a Métis curator, writer and arts administrator in Winnipeg, Canada. Jennifer has been working in arts administration for ten years, and has worked for organizations such as the Costume Museum of Canada, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, the Winnipeg Film Group, and currently at Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Jennifer is the President of the board for the Coalition of Canadian Independent Media Art Distributors that runs VUCAVU.com. She has curated exhibits and video programs for the Manitoba Craft Council, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Open City Cinema, MAWA, and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. Jennifer is the Indigenous Curator in Residence at aceartinc. from March to August 2018.

 

 

The Maritime Plaza Hotel | Cameron Forbes

Launch Friday 18 May  |  Artist talk 7pm, 18 May

18 May – 22 June 2018

Built in 1964, the mushroom-shape of Montreal’s Maritime Plaza Hotel was a local iteration of a larger movement towards circular constructions, reproducing a hopeful gesture towards a future utopia, one that never would come to be.

Inspired by the Plaza, Forbes’ painting and drawing based installation conjures and amplifies the transitoriness that such places inhabit in twenty first century life. Occupying both a past iteration of an expected bright future while crises that inform current architecture leave such buildings obsolete is deeply uncanny.

The work explores this via observation, repetition and staging. By looking outward through the Plaza’s framed and curtained windows as well as inward to its oxidizing décor, the movements between interior and exterior, public and private, the grid and the curve, the past and the future break from their binaries to form a hyperobject that is both beautiful and unsettling.

Image: Plaza Windows, Acrylic and Oil on board (2016) 54″ x 90″ each, Cameron Forbes

 

 

Du 18 mai au 22 juin 2018

Vernissage et causerie d’artiste : le 18 mai 2018 à 19 h

Construit en 1964, le Montreal Maritime Plaza Hotel, un bâtiment ayant la forme d’un champignon, représentait une itération locale d’un mouvement plus large qui se prêtait à des constructions circulaires, reproduisant un geste d’espoir envers une utopie future qui n’a jamais vu le jour.

Inspiré par la Plaza, l’installation de Forbes, basée sur des peintures et des dessins, évoque et amplifie l’élément transitoire qui habite ce genre de construction au 21e siècle. Cette itération antérieure d’un futur prometteur s’interpose en plein milieu des crises qui informent l’architecture courante, faisant en sorte que de tels bâtiments voués à l’obsolescence semblent un non-sens.

L’œuvre explore ceci par l’entremise de l’observation, de la répétition et de la mise en scène. En regardant vers l’extérieur par les cadres de fenêtres garnis de rideaux et en regardant vers l’intérieur au décor qui s’oxydise, les mouvements intérieurs et extérieurs, le public et le privé, la grille et la courbe, le passé et le futur s’éclatent de leur dyade pour former un ‘hyperobject’ qui est beau tout en étant troublant.

 

Image : Plaza Windows, acrylique et peinture à l’huile sur tableau (2016) 54″ x

90″ chacun, Cameron Forbes

Traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

 

Humza A. Mian aka Manghoe Lassi – Artist Talk

7pm, Saturday 12 May 2018. Free.

Humza A. Mian aka Manghoe Lassi is a queer Canadian-Pakistani who currently resides in the GTA. He is a Registered Veterinary Technician who works in the downtown core, and a drag queen who has made a big splash on social media over the last year. The focus of his drag is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk and breaking the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desi’s back from expressing themselves. With the help of brands run primarily by PoC, Humza has branched into the world of commercial makeup artistry and is currently focusing on representing brands that encourage diversity and inclusion. His most current drag looks can be seen on his Instagram page (@_humzer) and are heavily influenced by his cultural background.

With gratitude to QTPOC Winnipeg and Like That for bringing Humza A. Mian to Winnipeg and making this talk possible.

That same evening:

Image: Humza A. Mian.

QTPOC strives to create safer spaces where Queer and Trans People Of Colour feel represented, respected and inspired.

What started in 2014 with the intention of being an annual Pride dance party with “Colour Me Queer”, has evolved into much more. Dance parties, panel discussions, art based events, “QPOC Talks” at local high schools, workshops, DJ sponsorships for QTPOC, and provding support for local LGBTTQ* refugees, we hope to continue to be a positive contributor to the LGBTTQ* community.

 

Like That is a program which provides a space where people exploring gender and/or sexual identity can gather at Sunshine House for fun, skills building and recreation.

We use “like that” as a colloquial term that is clear without having to check specific boxes. It is queer without having to be explicit and it avoids the typical identifiers that may be laced with histories of oppression and homophobia. “I am ‘like that’. That’s the way it is.” 

Like That is designed with the hope that people who might not have a place to explore identity issues might come to see the program’s space and the time as *theirs*, and through their participation, transform Like That into a dynamic resource where people can grow.

 

Ekene Maduka | Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary Talk

7pm, Friday 6 April 2018

Ekene Maduka’s practice is grounded in materializing her thought processes and creating opportunities for encounters with her personal experiences through self-representation. Much of her work is informed by the passages of identity and what initiates changes within it.

Maduka’s work is centred on the female figure, creating tension between art historical tropes surrounding the depiction of black women, self representation, and popular culture. She frequently employs heavy detailing when rendering skin, fabrics, and interior spaces. This and her deployment of pattern and striking colors carry historical as well as cultural significance that heightens the social critique often present in her paintings.

In 2017, Maduka was curated into the aceartinc. student exhibition and subsequently awarded the Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary. As part of this, recipients are invited to give a public talk about their work. We hope you can join us to hear Ekene Maduka talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.

Image: Look, it’s just blood. Ekene Maduka. 5’ x 6’; oil on canvas. 2018

 

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary
This bursary is available to art students who have been curated into the Annual Student Exhibition. The bursary is intended to support a  project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. In 2013 the youngest artist  curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created the Scott Wachal Memorial Student Bursary.

 

The Lay Of The Land – Logan MacDonald

29 March – 4 May 2018

Launch and artist talk 7pm, Thursday 29 March

What started as a project to look at manipulated landscapes, earthworks, structures and signage established by Indigenous communities as a means to assert property against government and/or corporate encroachment – evolved into a lyrical body of work that personally reflects and tries to unpack and negotiate indigenous/settler identity, pan-indigenous cross-cultural exchange, cultural revival, and the tensions that arise from artwork that documents intimacy and viewership.

Photo credit: “Seal Simulacrum” Logan MacDonald, 2016

 

Du 29 mars au 4 mai 2018

Vernissage et causerie d’artiste : jeudi, le 29 mars à 19 h

Ce qui a commencé par un projet qui examinait les paysages manipulés, les terrassements, les structures et les enseignes mises en place par les communautés autochtones pour garantir leur terrain contre l’empiètement du gouvernement et/ou des corporations, est devenue une œuvre majeure lyrique et une réflexion personnelle qui tente de décomposer et de négocier les identités autochtone/colonisateur, l’échange « panautochtone » interculturel, le renouveau culturel et les tensions provoquées par une œuvre d’art qui documente l’intimité et le public.

Images: Karen Asher