SFMOMA Announces SOFT POWER — International Contemporary Exhibition Featuring New Commissions And Recent Work By 20 Artists

Opening in October 2019 — the First Major Exhibition for SFMOMA Organized by Curator of Contemporary Art Eungie Joo

From the press release:


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 10, 2019) — Timely and provocative, SOFT POWER is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values and foreign policies can be more influential than violence or coercion, the title SOFT POWER suggests a contemplation on the potential of art and offers a provocation to the public to exert their own influence on the world. The exhibition opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on October 26, 2019 and remains on view through February 17, 2020.


Organized by Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art, and presented exclusively at SFMOMA on two floors of the museum, the exhibition features new and recent work by 20 international artists working in 12 countries. More than three quarters of the works in SOFT POWER are commissions and new works never before presented in the United States. Taken together, the works demonstrate what cultural theorist, filmmaker and catalogue contributor Manthia Diawara has called a solidarity between intuitions — a concept that acknowledges the complexity, darkness and opacity from which our reality emerges — the poetry and imagination of our differences. According to Joo, “Professor Diawara’s solidarity between intuitions expresses how specific works can enhance our understanding of others by association and relation, while maintaining their distinct contexts and content. I trust the public can relate to many of the concerns of the artists in SOFT POWER, and hope that his exhibition will unleash an untapped energy among us.”


I will be making a video in relation to the Hearst Museum of Anthropology's collection and a live performance. I am honoured to be included in this exhibition. 


Magdalyn Asimakis is writing about my work for the accompanying publication.


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Soundings, an exhibition in five parts, curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, will embark on an international tour 2019-2023. 


My work in this exhibition included a series of works--an installation and performance with Laura Ortman on amplified violin, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, dancers, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The performance was titled We wear one another, taken from a text installed in relation to a rain gut parka for the exhibition. 


Dates and locations of the international tour are forthcoming. 



I will be participating in ...and other such stories, the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 with Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. The curatorial team for ...and other such stories include Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu, and co-curators, Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares. ...and other such stories opens September 19, 2019. 


From the announcement:


"Titled …and other such stories, the biennial will form an expansive and multi-faceted exploration of the field of architecture and the built environment globally. The first 51 contributors — spanning the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia — form an initial, representative group, and include an early selection of ambitious commissioned projects. These projects will address key questions about the implications of architecture as it relates to land, memory, rights, and civic participation, and are particularly inspired by the history and conditions of the City of Chicago."


You can see the announcement of early highlight contributors here:






Untitled (for Soundings), 2019 is an installation work and performance for 

Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts at the Agnes Etherington in Kingston, Ontario co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson.


The curators and I have worked with Manitoba Museum to install a Mckenzie-Delta Inuvialuit rain gut parka in the Agnes Etherington for the exhibition. This cultural belonging is a part of the Hudson's Bay Company Collection at the Manitoba Museum. I visited the rain gut parka in September, 2018. In relation to the rain gut parka is a text work I've made. 




The rain gut parka will become a score for a performance, We wear one another, I am developing with dancers, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, and composer/musician, Laura Ortman through an open rehearsal process. This new performance will be presented at the Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm. The open rehearsal times and dates can be found here:




The information regarding the performance can be found here:






An interview with Stance on Dance called "Conversations, Processes and Insistences" was published online January 3, 2019. You can read the interview here:




The exhibition, Are you my mother?, curated by Jennifer Matotek, opens January 18, 2019 at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina. My work, The treaty is in the body, 2017 (a video and sound installation that was first shown at Nuit Blanche Toronto with Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Sassa Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Keisha Stone) will be included.




Heather Benning, Sandra Brewster, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Michèle Pearson Clarke, and Emilie Serri


Whether the relationships are close, strained, or absent, being parented (or disconnected from caregivers) is a universal experience. Are You My Mother? considers what is shared about the experience of being raised, while underscoring the less universal, more specific circumstances that shape how we feel about our caregivers – feelings of warmth and love, and in the case of grief, loss and gratitude. The selected artists also explore thoughts and perceptions around how we view our caregivers: what we know and don’t know about them as people outside their identity as caregivers, and what we may never understand about the people who parent (or are meant to raise) us. The exhibition’s examination of an aesthetics of caring extends to the land and other forms of kinship: people and places beyond bloodlines that provide other kinds of care. 






I will be giving a talk, Gestures for those before us, for Living Histories at York University Thursday, January 31, 2019.  


In this talk I will speak to the works I've made in response to Beau Dick, Rita Letendre, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Maria Tallchief since 2016, including texts, performances, and video installations. 

Elwood Jimmy has asked me to participate in a day of conversations and performances he has co-curated with Vanessa Andreotti for the Arts Everywhere Festival 2019 organized by Musagetes. 


The Arts Everywhere Festival will take place in Guelph, Ontario January 24-27. 


On Breathing and Braiding: A day of conversations and performances will take place Saturday, January 26.