Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Curator: Becca Taylor
Artists: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Dion Kaszas, Jaime Black
Running dates at the gallery: May 4th to June 10th, 2017
May 4: 4pm till 7pm - Dion Kaszas Performance
7pm– Jaime Black Performance
May 5: 7pm – Official Opening
8pm - Tanya Lukin Linklater performance
with Marcus Merasty and Arlo Reva
Urban space – what is removed and what is built within an urban landscape – erases Indigenous presence. While this exhibition recognizes the strategic colonial systems of displacement in urban contexts, it also aims to acknowledge the ways in which Indigenous communities continue to exist and resist. Streets and buildings are marked by ambiguous ephemera from our actions and active existence; traces of our histories, knowledges, homes and activism are present, and leave imprints on the urban landscape. We continue to create an ongoing narrative about our bodies’ connection to the land, regardless of the concrete structures that make up cityscapes. This exhibition also aims to acknowledge the Indigenous body as a site and a method of expression, examining the physical presence of Indigenous peoples within urban spaces that are built and occupied by settler communities.
Traces includes series of performances and installations examining how our physical presence holds within urban structures, and explores the longstanding connections our bodies have to our ancestors, the land and our communities. This exhibition commits our bodies to an ideology through our physical actions and shifts the presence of contemporary art away from the urban architectural structures and towards the body.