In conversation: Jason Lujan with Rhéanne Chartrand
Join us for a conversation between artist Jason Lujan and curator Rhéanne Chartrand, discussing Lujan’s AGG exhibition Under a Star-Filled Sky. This conversation invites audiences to tour the space virtually with Lujan and Chartrand as they discuss this particular iteration of Lujan’s creative process and the ways they intersect. Lujan will explore how the exhibition fits the trajectory of his art-making, highlighting how this installation responds to place and collecting practices, while delving into his interest in the myriad of possibilities revealed when we open ourselves to other ways of looking, especially when uncovering the nuances of how different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication.
Jason Lujan, Untitled (Viewmaster), 2022, clear resin, gold plated steel, 20.32 x 20.32 x 15.24 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MKG127
Jason Lujan is originally from Marfa, Texas, and now lives in Toronto. As an artist, he creates tools for understanding and interpreting the nuances of how different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication. Drawing largely on North American and Asian visual elements, his work often focuses on the exchange of ideas, meanings, and values in this process, and the implications for concepts of authorship and authenticity.
Rhéanne Chartrand is a Métis curator based in Hamilton with over ten years of experience curating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibitions, showcases, and festivals. She has served as the Curator of Indigenous Art at McMaster Museum of Art for the last six years. Her curatorial work focuses on the praxis of survivance, Indigenous epistemes, relational aesthetics, representational politics, and gratitude. Rhéanne is a co-founder of the Shushkitew Collective, an equity-seeking and advocacy group organizing on behalf of Métis artists and arts workers to increase Métis representation, capacity, and flourishing within the Canadian arts milieu; and previously, she served as a board member with the Indigenous Curatorial Collective from 2018–2022.