September 12 to December 15, 2019
Roundtable Discussion & Performance: Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm
Fall Season Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm
Awarded the 7th annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Missy LeBlanc’s exhibition Tina Guyani | Deer Road brings together the work of artists Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, residents of Tsuut’ina Nation, and mother and son, whose works speak to the human impacts of development on First Nations land. On November 27, 2013 the Tsuut’ina Nation and Government of Alberta signed a land transfer agreement to complete the southwest portion of the Calgary Ring Road – the final nine kilometres of the project. Although Cardinal is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, she traces her maternal lineage to the Tsuut’ina Nation for six generations. After the agreement was implemented, Cardinal was given two weeks’ notice that her familial home – the site where she, her siblings, and children had grown up – was to be moved from their land, displacing the family.
Through mixed media installations, new media works, and performance, Cardinal and cardinal dodginghorse address the psychological and emotional impacts of being forcibly removed and seeing their home – at once dwelling and land – replaced with a sixteen-lane highway. Tina Guyani | Deer Road addresses dispossession from an Indigenous perspective, as one manifestation of the devastating effects of colonial practices across Turtle Island. Their work, however, also highlights how such stories of loss offer generative grounds upon which better futures for Indigenous people as well as the land and all its inhabitants can be imagined.
Missy LeBlanc is a curator and writer of Métis, Cree, and Polish descent. LeBlanc is the inaugural Emerging Curatorial Resident at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB where she is working on two exhibitions and a gathering centered on Indigenous language revitalization and epistemologies for fall 2019. Her recent curatorial projects include Reverberate (2018), and What is Known of Old and Long Familiar (2016). LeBlanc was born and raised in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) and is currently based in Moh’kins’stis (Calgary).
Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is made possible through the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation: Musagetes Fund, and through private donations. Created in 2012, the prestigious annual prize is given annually to an emerging Canadian curator. By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges.
Roundtable Discussion & Performance
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm | Free
Dirt Dance by seth cardinal dodginghorse | Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Join us for a roundtable discussion with curator Missy LeBlanc and artists Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, followed by a performance of Dirt Dance by seth cardinal dodginghorse on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm.
Dirt Dance is a new dance created by seth cardinal dodginghorse using techniques from his traditional Chicken Dance practice. Dirt Dance recreates the story of his family’s dispossession from their ancestral territory on the Tsuut’ina Nation for the construction of Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road project. Throughout the performance, the viewers are invited to witness displacement and be displaced, like objects, by cardinal dodginghorse. Like the traditional dances that preceded it, Dirt Dance is responding to the ongoing colonial violence on the land and the body in the name of economic development.