IMAGINING NEW FUTURES
UNTIL DECEMBER 2
Future Memories (Present Tense): Contemporary Practices in
Perspective (page 29) brings together the work of six contemporary indigenous artists from different regions of Canada. Each artist was invited to explore how every moment in time has multiple perspectives, and how these perspectives have often been ignored or silenced when experienced by indigenous peoples. In her installation “Assimilate,” Rolande Souliere says she uses Christian iconography, archival photographs and indigenous cultural imagery to bring to light a dark past—specifically, the role Christianity played in government assimilation policies for indigenous peoples. In Canada, these policies included removing children from their families and placing them in residential schools. Lorenzo Fusi, visiting academic curator at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, says the art creates a new world of possibilities. “We are now in the moment when we can decide what memories we are inscribing for future generations,” he says.