Setting: land, curated by Suzanne Morrissette
With works by Kevin Lee Burton, Kaoru Ryan Klatt, Anna Tsouhlarakis, and Kade Twist
Saturday April 7 – Sunday May 27
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Reception and Catalogue Launch: Friday, April 27th, 7:30 pm
Artists Kevin Lee Burton and Kaoru Ryan Klatt will be in attendance | Artists Anna Tsouhlarakis and Kade Twist will be present via video conference
Anna Tsouhlarakis. Navagation (9 video stills), 2002, digital video, 4:25 minutes.
Join us on April 27 for a reception and catalogue launch for the upcoming exhibition, Setting: land. The reception will also host an artist-curator discussion followed by a catalogue launch for Setting: land which includes an introduction by Richard William Hill and an essay by Curatorial Resident Suzanne Morrissette.
About the exhibition:
Setting: land brings together works by four artists - Kevin Lee Burton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kaoru Ryan Klatt (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kade Twist (Phoenix, Arizona), and Anna Tsouhlarakis (Washington, DC). Through their video and installation-based artworks, each artist considers land as both a source of inspiration and a setting for enacting stories and experiences.
By examining variations of this theme, the artists in Setting: land each engage their work within different sites and locations through highly specific and speculative actions. For instance, Anna Tshoularakis's short video Navagation (2002) depicts the artist walking blindfolded from her studio to her former residence in Maine, prodding her surroundings and placing trust in her own innate "Indian" sense of direction. In the video Nikamowin (Song) (2007), artist Kevin Lee Burton charts his own journey through various terrains through the narration of remixed Cree dialogue.
Kade Twist's positioning of present day Phoenix in Our Land, Your Imagination: The Judeo-Christian Western Scientific Worldview and Phoenix (2008) provides a melancholic vision of a city that has been settled on Indigenous land. In a place far more remote, but no less settled, Kaoru Ryan Klatt's Yulaska (2007) tells the story of a personal trip taken through the Yukon Territory and the state of Alaska towards the Arctic Circle which consciously blurs the boundary between fiction and reality.
Together the works in this exhibition activate discussions around the various histories that have become lodged in the land and that continue to affect our lives in the present.
Tune into Wawatay Radio Network in Northwestern Ontario – or online – to catch Curator Suzanne Morrissette in conversation with the artists in the show:
|Kevin Lee Burton:||April 20 @ 1:00|
|Kaoru Ryan Klatt:||April 27 @ 1:00|
|Kade Twist:||May 4 @ 1:00|
|Anna Tsouhlarakis:||May 11 @ 1:00|
All interviews will be broadcast the following Saturday at noon, and will be archived online.
About the Curatorial Resident:
Suzanne Morrissette is an artist and curator who is currently based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 2011, Morrissette accepted a position as Curatorial Resident at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts' Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts. She holds an MFA from OCAD University (2011) and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2009).
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
1080 Keewatin Street | Thunder Bay, Ontario | P7B 6T7
Tuesday – Thursday, 12 – 8 | Friday – Sunday, 12 -5
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges those agencies whose support has made Setting: land and the public programming associated with the exhibition possible: the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Curatorial Projects program; the Canada Council for the Arts' Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts program; and Wawatay Radio Network which has made possible outreach programming with the artists in the exhibition.