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Transmission and Reception: A Conversation about Carrying Forward

Thursday 23 November, 7:00 pm
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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Left to right: Marjorie Beaucage, Speaking to Their Mother, 1992. Video. Running time: 26 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. © Marjorie Beaucage. Maika’i Tubbs, Written in Stone, 2016. Found books, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. © Maika’i Tubbs. Photo: Robert McNair, courtesy of Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.

Artists who live and work in the present are often charged with a daunting task: how does one make sense of the past while also speaking to the future? Reflecting on intergenerational knowledge and shared understanding as evidenced in KWAG’s current exhibition, Carry Forward, curator Lisa Myers will join Jamelie Hassan and Marjorie Beaucage for a conversation on how realities are registered, contested, and even fabricated within and beyond their respective practices.

Free admission. Everyone is welcome.

Marjorie Beaucage is a Two Spirit Elder, filmmaker, cultural worker, and community-based video activist. Her work as an artist, begun at age 40, builds on skills developed over 25 years as an adult educator and community organizer creating a powerful sense of art making as communal practice. Culture is a collective agreement. Being Métis, she is committed to building cultural bridges between worlds. In 2005, Beaucage created a Medicine Wheel for the Indian Act as a tool for de-colonisation and restoring relations between cultures. Her life work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations.

Born in London, Ontario, of Arabic background, Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist who is also active as a lecturer, writer, and independent curator. She has organized both national and international programs including Orientalism and Ephemera, a national touring exhibition, originally presented at Art Metropole, Toronto and most recently Dar'a/Full Circle for Artcite Inc. in Windsor, ON. She was one of the founders of two artist-run centres in London, ON: the Forest City Gallery (1973-present) and the Embassy Cultural House (1983-1990). Her work is represented in numerous public collections in Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Library of Alexandria (Alexandria, Egypt).

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Her curatorial practice considers different kinds of value placed on elements such as time, sound, memory and knowledge. In addition to curatorial projects based in Toronto, her projects include 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. In addition to many exhibition publications, her writing has been published in Senses and Society, Public, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is based in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario and is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


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Jamelie Hassan, The Oblivion Seekers, 1985. Mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Photo: Robert McNair, courtesy of Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. © Jamelie Hassan.

Carry Forward

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

Curated by Lisa Myers
On View until 14 January 2018

The term “carry forward” suggests passing or transferring something on to the next generation, yet also refers to taking account of gains and loss. 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.

Learn more about Carry Forward at www.kwag.ca.


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.

Transmission and Reception: A Conversation about Carrying Forward is sponsored by Communitech.

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


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