“YES­TER­DAY WAS ONCE TO­MOR­ROW (OR, A BRICK IS A TOOL)”

WAL­TER PHILLIPS GALLERY SATEL­LITE SPACE, BANFF To July 2

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In the third in­stal­ment of this ex­hi­bi­tion that high­lights lit­tle-known or grass­roots Cana­dian arts pub­li­ca­tions from the 1990s, cu­ra­tor Kegan Mcfad­den presents six mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing all four is­sues Talk­ing Stick First Na­tions Arts Mag­a­zine for the first time. of

KEGAN MCFAD­DEN: Fol­low­ing the Colum­bus quin­cen­te­nary and re­sult­ing In­dige­nous in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the hang­over of colo­nial­ism, Talk­ing Stick was a grass­roots syn­the­sis of those na­tion­wide con­ver­sa­tions. All the con­tent is In­dige­nous. All the writ­ers and ed­i­tors and de­sign­ers are In­dige­nous. And they’re talk­ing about In­dige­nous is­sues. Their pri­mary read­er­ship was the In­dige­nous arts com­mu­nity, with a man­date to reach out to In­dige­nous cul­tural pro­duc­ers to foster a net­work. It was pub­lished by Cir­cle Vi­sion Arts Cor­po­ra­tion, an In­dige­nous arm’s-length arts or­ga­ni­za­tion in Regina, and its ed­i­to­rial coun­cil con­sisted of el­ders.

Con­tri­bu­tions in­clude Buffy Sainte Marie on cy­ber art and the ur­gency of be­ing an artist, Ed­ward Poitras do­ing lay­out and de­sign, and cri­tiques of stereo­typ­i­cal de­pic­tions of In­dige­nous peo­ple in Hol­ly­wood.

The ed­i­to­rial of its fi­nal is­sue says that “Talk­ing Stick is ded­i­cated to try­ing to bal­ance these two is­sues of Abo­rig­i­nal protest and celebration. We try to hon­our both as es­sen­tial to our prac­tice as con­tem­po­rary artists in a com­plex and of­ten dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment.”

In 2017, the most im­por­tant part of the ti­tle is in the paren­the­ses: it’s a clue to read­ing the show that hon­ours the way they ap­proached the medium of the mag­a­zine. A brick is a tool to dis­man­tle, to be thrown through a win­dow or used as a weapon. ■

Cover of Talk­ing Stick First Na­tions Arts Mag­a­zine, Spring 1994 PHOTO KEGAN MCFAD­DEN

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