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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (21)     +     OPENINGS (9)     +     DEADLINES (5)     +     CLOSINGS (13)
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CIRCUIT 4/5, Take Care
January 8–27, 2018
Curated by Letters & Handshakes
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

Take Care’s fourth circuit, Stewardship, forefronts ideas and practices of care that centre upon relationships to land, territory, and water, and that undo hierarchies between human and nonhuman. While irreducible to stewardship alone, this circuit’s exhibition—#callresponse—repositions the crisis of care within and against the intersecting forces of the nation state, colonialism, land dispossession, and patriarchy.
– Letters & Handshakes

Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Tarah Hogue (curator), Maria Hupfield (artist/curator), Tania Willard (artist/curator)

To support the work of Indigenous women from across Turtle Island through art commissions that drive dialogue and mobilize action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices [1] in awakened solidarity with all our relations, both human and non.

To ground art in accountability, value lived experience, and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience, and refusal against ongoing multiple articulations of power and the structural colonial violence of nation states.

#callresponse is an artistic and curatorial collaboration that begins with a series of five commissions by Indigenous women artists whose home territories are located in the Canadian nation state. Each artist invites respondents to consider her work, through music, text, or visual work, and the responses are also included in the exhibition. The pairings include Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch; Maria Hupfield and IV Castellanos and Esther Neff; Ursula Johnson and Cheryl L’Hirondelle; Tania Willard and Marcia Crosby; and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Tanya Tagaq. The project was initially presented at grunt gallery, in Vancouver in 2016, and the project has continued to evolve—with site-specific works and selected representations of each project—at each geographic location to which it travels.



Feminist Lunchtime Talks
Indigenizing Institutions
Wednesday, January 10, 12–2pm
Blackwood Gallery
Presented in partnership with Women and Gender Studies (UTM)

Jill Carter, Assistant Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto
Tarah Hogue, Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art, Vancouver Art Gallery
Denise Booth McLeod, Indigenous and Community Engagement Coordinator, Toronto Birth Centre
Kris Noakes, President, Peel Aboriginal Network
Nicole Laliberte, Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga
For a full event description, please visit our website.

Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings
Performance by Cherish Violet Blood, Ursula Johnson, Rosary Spence
Wednesday, January 10, 3–8pm
Innovation Complex Rotunda (UTM)

Ke'tapekiaq Ma'qimikew: The Land Sings is an audio-based, endurance performance that offers an apology to the land for the ways in which our human impact has shaped the landscape and displaced the voices of many Indigenous peoples. Presented in conjunction with the Opening Reception. For more information about the performance, please visit our website.

Opening Reception and C Magazine Launch
Wednesday, January 10, 5–8pm
Blackwood Gallery
A FREE shuttle bus departs from outside Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St. W.) at 5:30pm and returns downtown at 8pm.

In conjunction with the opening reception, C Magazine launches c136 Site/ation, a special issue guest edited by BUSH gallery (Tania Willard and Peter Morin) that focuses on Indigenous and non-Western art practices outside of city centres and gallery systems.

Song workshops with Ursula Johnson and Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, January 11
Presented in partnership with Peel Aboriginal Network Friendship Centre
208 Britannia Road East, Unit 1, Mississauga

Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow
Public Lecture by Audra Simpson, JHI Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Wednesday, January 17, 4–6pm
Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St. George Street, Room 100, Toronto

All Our Relations: The Art of Land and Indigenous Stewardship
Panel Discussion
Friday, January 19, 4–6pm
Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St. George Street, Room 100, Toronto

Beatrice Deer, Program Officer, Avataq Cultural Institute, the Inuit cultural organization of Nunavik (Northern Quebec)
Lisa Myers, Artist and Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Lindsay Nixon, Indigenous editor-at-large, Canadian Art
Eve Tuck, Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
Michelle LaVallee, ‎Director at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Art Centre
For a full event description, please visit our website.

Reader-in-Residence Session with Art Metropole
Public reading by Maggie Groat
Wednesday, January 24, 12–1pm
Blackwood Gallery

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Exhibition tour to Blackwood Gallery, Bradley Museum, and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brandt
Sunday, January 28, 12–5pm
To RSVP, please email or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, January 26 at 5pm.


For more information about the artists, curators, and program participants, and for detailed descriptions of each exhibition and event, please visit our website.


September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018
Curated by Letters & Handshakes
Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, and workshops, Take Care mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers confronting the crisis of care. Take Care unfolds as a series of exhibitions organized around five circuits of care.

Labour of Curation, September 11–30, 2017
Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017
Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, November 20–December 9, 2017
Stewardship, January 8–27, 2018
Collective Welfare, February 12–March 10, 2018


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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Monday–Friday: 12–5pm
Wednesday: 12–9pm
Saturday: 12–3pm

The Blackwood Gallery promotes LGBTQ2 positive spaces and experiences and is barrier-free. The gallery is FREE and open to the public.

Image credits:
Tania Willard, Only Available Light (detail), from the series Only Available Light, 2016. Photo: Dennis Ha. Courtesy the artist and grunt gallery.

Ursula Johnson and Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Nikamon Ohci Askiy (Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew): The Land Sings (performance documentation), 2016. Created for FADO Performance Art Centre’s MONOMYTHS program. Photo: Henry Chan. Courtesy the artists.

[1] We take up the term “accomplices” as a politicized alternative to “ally,” following Jaskiran Dhillon’s “On Becoming an Accomplice.” Paper presented at Accomplice & Art Practice—Indigenous Feminist Activism & Performance, Yale University, New Haven CT, March 2016.





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