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Mendel Art Gallery
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

On view April 3 to June 7

Reception for Spring Exhibitions & kick-off celebration for TRIBE Inc.’s 20th Anniversary:
May 28 at 8 p.m.


Meryl McMaster, Aphoristic Currents, 2013, Digital Chromogenic Print, 36” x 50”

The FIFTH World
Sonny Assu, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jordan Bennett, Nicholas Galanin, Ursula Johnson,
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Meryl McMaster, Skeena Reece, Travis Shilling, Charlene Vickers

Curated by Wanda Nanibush to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tribe Inc.

The Fifth World marks out a new consciousness within humanity, where we begin to relearn our responsibilities after being humbled by disasters of our own creation. “The world that the capitalists envision is the one-world economy, that is their fifth world. But the fifth world is a new consciousness in the hearts of all human beings, the idea that the earth is shared and finite, and that we are naturally connected to the earth and with one another.” Thus writes Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko about her concept of the Fifth World. Introduced in her novel, Almanac of the Dead, this concept inspired the exhibition’s title. The Fifth World also refers to the Hopi prophecy of an impending choice between destruction and conflict, or thinking with our hearts in harmony with nature. Since contact, we have been making the choice.

Last year, we danced in the Idle No More movement, where we recommitted to fulfilling our responsibilities to the earth and water. Every movement, protest, blockade, walk, song and dance is in defence of the defenceless and the necessary. Every assertion of Indigenous sovereignty on the land is a dreaming. As Turtle Island becomes a site of massive resource extraction and the world economy tips the balance of the earth towards global warming, Indigenous Peoples and their inherent rights to the land are where capitalism will have its last stand. This dreaming is based on a deep and profound knowledge of what is needed to sustain human life on earth and democratic governance. It is a profound critique of Western colonial thought, which subjugates the body to the mind, the woman to the man, all humans to the white man, the animal to the human, the individual will to the government, truth to the lie, peace to war, water to the tailing pond, creativity to the clock, the earth to the economy. This new consciousness is rising everywhere and we can feel it in the smallest action and the largest round dance. Art is not separate from these struggles. Indigenous artists are central to the great imagining of the choice we face and the vision of a new world.

— Wanda Nanibush

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, community animator/organizer, and arts consultant from Beausoleil First Nation. She was the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto. Last year, as Curator in Residence at U of T’s Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Nanibush organized the exhibition KWE: The work of Rebecca Belmore. She now works with the Art Gallery of Ontario while undertaking her PhD.

Mendel Art Gallery
950 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
1 (306) 975-7610

Other exhibitions happening in conjunction with TRIBE Inc.’s 20th Anniversary:

The Ultimate Warriors
Bear Witness (Ottawa, ON.)
PAVED Arts - TRIBE Inc. 20th Anniversary Project
May 19 – June 27, 2015.
Opening Reception, Friday May 29 8PM

Multimedia artist Bear Witness mines our media environment for pop cultural images of First Nations people as depicted in film, television and through the internet. In his work, he remixes such representations in varied ways, producing visual and sonic variations that on the one hand act as a political indictment of racial profiling and the stereotypes that circulate at large, and on the other hand express mesmerizing confabulations that situates his work as something new. While mainstream media images of First Nations often constitute a form of cultural appropriation, Bear Witness engages in an emotive counter-appropriation, taking possession of the images in order to break with the strictures of such representations. In this sense, Bear's media artwork is consonant with his musical project as a member of the DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, an group that has been making a global impact on the electronic music scene with a truly unique sound.

For this exhibition Bear Witness will produce his large format photographic work with assistance from the PAVED Arts production centre.

Dana Claxton, Revisited
AKA artist-run - TRIBE Inc. 20th Anniversary Project
May 16 – June 20, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday May 29 8PM

AKA artist-run is hosting an exhibition of new work by Dana Claxton. When looking at our history, we realized that Claxton was the first solo exhibition Tribe presented in 1997, and it was also her first solo exhibition as an artist. The installation presented in collaboration with ‘AKA Gallery’ has now become one of the more influential works of Claxton's career. This work was titled Buffalo Bone China.

Read more about the artist, Dana Claxton.

Edward Poitras, “Don’t Speak”
For the subject of his billboard project, Edward Poitras drew from archival photographs of young girls in the residential school system in Saskatchewan. In a deeply personal text entitled “Don't Speak” the artist remarks, “Even now when I look at this image, I can't help but wonder about what happened to these girls. I imagine they became mothers, grand mothers and great grand mothers. With children of their own, some or all taken from them and sent to residential school. Some would know or hear of others who would go missing, like not being there for a group photo. Some would lose their language and others would get it back.”

The 50-foot wide billboard space is situated on the front facade of the AKA artist-run/PAVED Arts building, in the heart of the Riversdale district of Saskatoon. More information here and here.