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From left: Dana Claxton, AIM #2 (detail), ed. 1/4, 2010. C-print on archival paper, 152.4 x 106.7 cm. Collection of John Cook. Courtesy of the artist. © Dana Claxton. Jamelie Hassan, The Oblivion Seekers, 1985. Mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Photo: Achim Kukulies. © Jamelie Hassan.

Carry Forward

Curated by Lisa Myers

Featuring Maria Thereza Alves, Marjorie Beaucage, Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Brenda Draney, John Hampton, Jamelie Hassan, Mike MacDonald, Nadia Myre, Krista Belle Stewart and Maika'i Tubbs

29 September 2017 to 14 January 2018
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Curator’s Talk and Opening Reception: Friday 29 September, 7:00 pm

The term “carry forward” suggests passing or transferring something on to the next generation, yet also refers to taking account of gains and loss. Guest Curator Lisa Myers has approached Carry Forward as a way to think about value outside of the paradigm of things, and to consider how different forms of value, beyond capital or monetary, circulate among past and future generations. Some values can be traced through records and paperwork, yet others are elusive, sustained in fragments, memories, stories, knowledge, and place. Lived experience, carries forward.

This exhibition brings together artworks that engage with, question, and re-form the authority and authenticity of documents and documentation. Through painting, documentary, installation, video, and photography, artists examine historical texts, photographs or imagery, and lend emphasis to absence, omission, or the redaction of detail. Their works reveal the biases of dominant ideologies enshrined in documents such as contracts, petitions, laws and treaties, and shed light on the nuances of specific moments in history.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to her Toronto-based curatorial projects, she has created three touring exhibitions, wnoondwaamin / we hear them (2016); Recast (2014); and Reading the Talk (2014). Myers has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, and is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She is based in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario, and is a member of Beausoleil First Nation.


Film Series: Carry Forward and Nearby
Sundays, 15, 22, 29 October, 2-4 pm
Curated by Lisa Myers

Selected to complement the themes of Carry Forward, this series presents documentary films that carry forward and reveal concealed Indigenous and Black histories. Each film has a sense of personal stakes for the artist/filmmaker, and resonates to current social justice contexts. Visit kwag.ca for complete film listings.


Artist Panel Discussion: Transmission and Reception
Thursday, 23 November, 7-9 pm
Moderated by Lisa Myers

How do artists working today make sense of the past while speaking to the future? Reflecting on intergenerational knowledge and shared understanding, curator Lisa Myers will join guest artists for a conversation on how realities are registered, contested and even fabricated within and beyond their respective practices.


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Elizabeth LePage, Monday Morning, 1991. Oil on canvas, 177 x 249.7 cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Karl Wahl, 1994. © Elizabeth LePage. Photo: KWAG.

Also On View:

Storylines−The Long and the Short of It
Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Jennifer Bullock and Linda Perez

2 September 2017 to 11 March 2018

Stand before an artwork: observe and engage in a search for meaning. An unspoken conversation follows, revealing as much about the viewer as it does about the artist. Storylines—The Long and the Short of It offers the stuff of dreams and lore through selected artworks from the Permanent Collection. Whether inspired by fact or fiction, stories unite us through shared experiences: amazement at a tall tale, laughter at a good joke, sorrow at a tragic downfall, camaraderie in a hero’s daring.

The artists in this exhibition have lent their distinct visual voices to the interpretation of events large and small, fantastic and mundane. Each offers a unique lens to present new views, offering inspiration for others to do the same. The telling embodies a human desire to be heard and understood.


Walk the Talk: Gallery Tour
Thursday, 12 October, 5:30-6:30 pm

Join us for an after-work tour and open discussion with the curators of the new Permanent Collection exhibition.

Walk the Talk Tour Sponsor: The Gamble Family

Carry Forward is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Curatorial Projects grant, The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund, and the Allan MacKay Curatorial Endowment Fund.

Artist Talks Sponsored by Momentum Development and Sorbara Law.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.

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