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Above: Caroline Monnet, Creatura Dada, 2016, video still, (detail) Image courtesy of the artist.

Guest curated by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art, McMaster Museum of Art

February 22 - APRIL 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6 - 9 PM

The AGM is delighted to present three new exhibitions. Please join us in celebration at the opening reception on Thursday, February 22, 6 – 9 PM. Remarks: 7 PM.

FREE shuttle bus from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite!

Curator’s Tour: Saturday, March 10, 1 PM

Featuring works by: Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Annie Pootoogook, Rolande Soulerie, and Olivia Whetung.

Indigenous female artists, much like their non-Indigenous sisters in the larger art world, have historically stood in the shadow of their male counterparts in terms of recognition and accolade for their work, despite having produced equally substantial, critical, and provocative bodies of work.

niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities. niigaanikwewag declares that female Indigenous artists have always been present, nurturing art, family, and community. Foregrounding kinship, the artworks in niigaanikwewag embody and express the blood ties Indigenous women have to each other and to [our] Mother Earth.

niigaanikwewag, which means “leader women” or “they who lead” (feminine, plural) in Anishinaabemowin, positions the female artists included in this curatorial project as leaders within Indigenous art.

niigaanikwewag is a one-year curatorial project bookended by two exhibitions that acknowledges and pays respect to the non-binary feminine creative spirit that continues to birth Indigenous futurities in provocative and meaningful ways.

Above: Couzyn van Heuvelen, Nitsiit (in progress work for Temporary Contemporary at Sheridan College studio) Fall 2017. Casting Hooks, an exhibition exploring the artist's creative process will be on view in the AGM's XIT-RM Project Space from February 22 - April 15, with the neighbouring installation of Nitsiit in the Creative Commons of the Hazel McCallion Campus on view now until April 27. Image courtesy of the artist.

Casting Hooks
Couzyn van Heuvelen | XIT-RM Project Space

February 22 - APRIL 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22
Remarks and installation viewing, 5 – 7 pm at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus.
Exhibition opening reception from 6 – 9 pm at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Remarks at 7 PM.

Artist Talk: Saturday, March 10, following the Curator’s Tour of niigaanikwewag at 1 PM.

Casting Hooks showcases the work and creative process of Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen in collaboration with Sheridan College. Van Heuvelen was chosen to create Sheridan’s Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year, and his project Nitsiit is on view in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga from January 22 to April 27, 2018. Nitsiit, an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production were created in Sheridan’s studios using a variety of fabrication processes. Casting Hooks presents a behind the scenes look at the months-long development and collaborative process of this monumental installation.

The AGM is pleased to collaborate with Sheridan College for the presentation of this exhibition. Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a new artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. It provides creators with the opportunity to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community.

Please check for the latest information on events and programming. The XIT-RM is a project space showcasing emerging artists in the Mississauga, GTA and 905 regions.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.


Organized in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, this initiative explores and expresses people’s differing relationships to a place: what they like, want to change, remember, have learned, hold in mind from different places and times, wish for and imagine. Artists and diverse community members will create and bring to life their own lands, through drawings, words, miniature models, music, conversation and performance.

Four Lands takes the form of an evolving gallery, with ongoing public drop-ins, offsite workshops and other activities as arranged, a project launch and final presentation and celebration.

This project is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Drop-in Workshops
Thursdays: March 1, 8, 29, April 5, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturdays: February 24 to April 14, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 12: Closing Celebration – 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, contemporary art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre, right on Celebration Square and across from Square One Shopping Centre. The AGM is generously supported by the City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, private citizens and its members.

First. New. Next.
The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.

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