Indigenous Women's Art Goes on Public Display

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Indigenous Women's Art Goes on Public Display


In June, Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg launched Resilience, an exhibition of artworks by 50 Indigenous women artists. The groundbreaking, contemporary exhibition involves artworks appearing on 167 billboards along highways and in cities in Canada. It also includes artworks exhibited on large-scale posters in northern communities.

Resilience is curated by Ottawa curator Lee-Ann Martin. According to MAWA, the exhibition represents "a creative act of reconciliation and response to Call #79 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Call #79 encourages collaborations among Indigenous peoples and the arts community to develop a framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration."

According to Lee-Ann Martin, a Mohawk who is one of Canada's foremost Indigenous curators, "For these artists, resilience is embodied as endurance, adaptability and sovereignty, in relation to customary practices, contemporary identities, the land, and the impact of colonial practices and strategies. …

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