Finding Our Place: Beading and Weaving our Culture Together
Guest Curator: Adele ᒪᐢᑿᓱᐏᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau
Participating Artists: Adele ᒪᐢᑿᓱᐏᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau, Nathalie Bertin, Naomi Bourque, Salisha Old Bull, Melody Markle, Michelle Sound
There is medicine in every fibre woven, every stitch made and every bead placed. The intentionality of these acts reminds us of how we are all connected and that even the smallest details have a place and are required. These teachings help connect us with our identity, our families, our history, and our strength in navigating current society. Like the fibres spun together, we are stronger when we find our place in community and as the beads in a mosaic, we can shine when we are placed in the right situations.
Finding Our Place: Beading and Weaving our Culture Together is an example of living culture. The items on display are not only beautiful, but are inherently functional objects. They are used in the day-to-day, but also carry within them teachings for the younger generations. Part of the purpose of this exhibition is to relocate Indigenous culture, particularly weaving and beading, in the now. Often this type of work is placed in a historical context, we are taught it belongs somewhere between the Stone Age and the Mesopotamian. This mindset asserts an authenticity in the past, but an erasure of current living cultures. Through this exhibition the curator hopes to address this dominant perspective and bring this history into the current day.
Image: Salisha Old Bull, Chmtews’ Cradleboard (detail), 2014
JOIN US: In Conversation: Curator Adele ᒪᐢᑿᓱᐏᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau and Salisha Old Bull
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7pm – 8:30pm @ CityScape Community Art Space and online
Pushing Boundaries is a biennial group exhibition showcasing and celebrating contemporary Indigenous artists. This will be the sixth Pushing Boundaries at CityScape Community ArtSpace, with the inaugural exhibition in 2011. In 2019, North Van Arts started taking the lead from Indigenous artists in the theme and curation of the show, creating more open dialogue for the whole process.
Pushing Boundaries is supported by the Deux Mille Foundation: