Launch of the Second Gesture
Performances by Elisa Harkins, Tsēma Igharas, Hilda Nicholas
Works by Joi T. Arcand, Tsēma Igharas, Brian Jungen, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Marianne Nicolson, Annie Pootoogook, Wendy Red Star and Elisa Harkins & Nathan Young
11 May 2017
Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December is conceived as a single year-long exhibition that unfolds through a series of gestures—clusters of activity that bring works into and out of the gallery space—such that the exhibition is in a constant state of becoming.
The first gesture was concerned with the power of line to mark history and invoke memory. In this first gesture, we have considered what it means to inherit a history. We have made claims for where we have felt ourselves formed. We have proposed that this is one potential way to pick up the line.
In the second gesture we ask: how does the line behave? Spanning video, photography, sculpture, drawing and performance, the works of the second gesture show us how to occupy the present. Here, in the second gesture, the line acts as a point of departure for Indigenous relations, mapping time, family, Indigenous languages and non-human relations in the now. And yet, this isn't a singular line of thought. When does a line of thinking become collapsed or disrupted? In this second gesture, we complicate and converse with the idea of the line and materiality.
Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December has yielded many questions and ideas—for Wood Land School, for SBC, for the artists and for our publics. Collectively, we consider how this line acts, thinks and articulates itself under this particular condition we have created or implicated ourselves in.