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Left: Elizabeth Chitty, Swallow, 2016, (video still)
Right: Lori Blondeau, Asiniy Iskwew, (detail), 2016, inkjet print

The AGW Announces Fall / Winter Exhibitions
Opening Reception is October 19 at 7pm!


The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds

In The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds, co-curators Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid build on previous iterations of the exhibition to consider the cultural, historical and environmental significance of water issues in the Windsor-Detroit corridor. The Detroit River, which connects Lake St. Clair with Lake Erie is one of the world’s busiest waterways and border crossing points, and has the distinction of having dual heritage designation from Canada and America. The river’s shores embrace the largest metropolitan area on any international border. It is also one of the first International Wildlife Refuges, known for being a large habitat for many ecosystems and species. Historically, Indigenous peoples have been recorded on the shores from as early as 400 A.D. Settlement by Europeans happened around 1650 with trade, culture and industrialization spurred by the river and its resources. The Detroit River was also an integral part of the Underground Railway, a crossing point for slaves escaping to freedom.

Drawing from the region’s history as well as the increasingly precarious ecology of this body of water, artists Nadine Bariteau, Patrick Mahon + Dickson Bou, Elizabeth Chitty, Joscelyn Gardner, Colin Miner, Chris Myhr, Troy Ouellette, Lee Rodney with Justin Langlois, Michael Dara, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit and Interminus Research Group, Quinn Smallboy, Patricia Coates, and Jennifer Willett come together to reflect on the nature of water while advocating for its historical preservation and environmental protection. A related creative project on display, entitled River of Names, involved school children from Marlborough Public School and West Gate Public School in Windsor working with Indigenous elder, Mona Stonefish, and artist Patrick Mahon.

Co-curated by Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid
Sponsored by Leggett & Platt Automotive

Sovereign Acts

The history of Indigenous Peoples performing cultural dances and practices for international and colonial audiences is an important part of Indigenous art, generally, and performance art, specifically. The Indigenous performers known as ‘Indians’ faced the conundrum of maintaining traditional cultural practices by performing them on stage while also having that performance fulfill the desires of a colonial imaginary. In Sovereign Acts, the artists contend with the legacy of colonial representations. Their work returns to the multi-levelled history of ‘Performing Indian’ to recuperate the erased and objectified performer as an ancestor, an artist, and an Indigenous subject. It also means there are Indigenous traditions of performance that feed contemporary art and form an alternative art history.

The artists in Sovereign Acts are not just defining themselves from in/outside colonial histories but also from within ever-changing traditions of family, home, people, and territory. Performance is an act of cultural and political resistance as well as of remembrance and commemoration. It offers glimpses of a forgotten past, and uses creative fiction as a force against colonial narratives of capture, savagery, loss and disappearance. A truly Sovereign Act.

Curated by Wanda Nanibush
Circulated by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto


Friday, October 19, 7 – 10 pm
Fridays Live! Opening Reception for Fall / Winter Exhibitions
See our new exhibitions, meet artists, curators and project supporters, and enjoy live music, cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres.
FREE to AGW Members. Non-members $15

Friday, October 19, 7 – 7:45 pm
Curators' Tour of The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds'
Join co-curators Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid for a tour!
FREE to AGW Members and FREE with admission to Fridays Live!

Saturday, October 20, 1 pm
Curator's Tour with Wanda Nanibush
Join Wanda Nanibush as she leads a tour of Sovereign Acts
FREE to AGW members and FREE with gallery admission

First Thursdays
The AGW offers extended hours, 11am to 9 pm, on the first Thursday of the month with special programming. See our for details.

For more information contact Nicole McCabe at or 519-977-0013 ext. 134.

Regular Admission: $10 adult; $5 youth; $5 students; Free to AGW members
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