May the Land Remember You As You Walk Upon Its Surface

Artists: Katherine Boyer, Dayna Danger, Camille Georgeson-Usher, assinajaq

Curated by Franchesca Hebert-Spence

Exhibition Runs: January 10th – February 29th, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th 5 – 9 pm

Land is not something that can be owned; land is animate and part of community. Along with food and shelter, the land grounds markers for stories and memories which contribute to cultural knowing. The separation from this significance, by force, coercion or otherwise, is a multi-layered personal rupture. Each artist in this exhibition uses beadwork to create new markers, objects that build relationality to the land in the past, present and future. By being in conversation with her grandmothers through material process, Boyer honours the fortitude of what they accomplished in the spaces they were given. Danger provides protection and empowerment for their LGBTQ2S kin, each mask being made through collective action. Usher and asinnajaq’s collective action honours one another and the generative properties of inter-connectivity. May the Land Remember You as You Walk Upon Its Surface sits with what it means to be in relation to the land and each other.

Dayna Danger, Breathe Out

Katherine Boyer, Meeting Grans Over Tea and Bangs Nowananikkwee, Marguerite, Rosalie, Emilie, Mary

The Land Remembers You As You Walk Upon It’s Surface is made possible by the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, the Arts Branch (Province of Manitoba), Canada Council for the Arts, Winnipeg Arts Council, Young Canada Works, The Winnipeg Foundation and The Jewish Foundation