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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.

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