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Echoes

Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour and Dayna Danger, Caroline Monnet, Nicole Preissl, and Maika’i Tubbs 
Guest curated by Emily Dundas Oke

November 29, 2019-January 26, 2020
Opening Reception: November 28, 7-9pm 
Curator’s Tour | Sunday, December 1, 2pm

Echoes

Image: Scott Benesiinaabandan, blood memories (detail), 2013, screen capture from video, image courtesy of the artist

“Water connects us all.”
- Elder Dr. Margaret Vickers Hyslop

About the Exhibition 

As an echo reflects and repeats between entities, this exhibition considers communication between bodies which may be thought to be eclipsed. Here, the bodies of water and the physical remnants of stone, plastic, and land become the houses for the historical traces of change and continuity. Selected artworks contemplate the physical and embodied ways in which memory reappears and continues to resonate within the individual and across generations. 

Through practices such as ceremony and revisitations of the voyages of one’s ancestors, the artists included in this exhibition call upon knowledge systems that do not rely on the written word, but rather assert a continuity and interconnectedness between body, land, and water. Through videoworks, digital prints, and sculpture, the artists demand we question our own contributions to a shared futurity.

Accompanying this exhibition is an exhibition catalogue featuring contributions by the curator Emily Dundas Oke, the artists Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dayna Danger, Caroline Monnet, Nicole Preissl, Maika'i Tubbs, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour (with Bonnie Klohn), along with poetry by jaz, jaye simpson, and Valeen Jules. 

About the Artists

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist working primarily in photography, printmaking and video. Scott has completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and has been awarded the University of Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency, along with international collaborative projects in both the U.K and Ireland. He is based in Montréal.

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist raised in so-called Winnipeg, MB. Using photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work. Danger is currently based in Tio'tia:ke. Danger holds a MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Danger has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Danger currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA).

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary Algonquin-French artist from Outaouais, Quebec. Her work has been programmed internationally, and her work is included in numerous collections including Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal. Recent exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto Biennale of Art 2019. She is based in Montréal.

Nicole Preissl (born and raised in Burnaby) is an explorative designer from both Sto:lo and Squamish descent, who has begun introducing traditional artistic customs into her practice as a means of connecting to her culture. During Fall/Winter 2019/2020, she will be leading a research/creation commission with the Burnaby Art Gallery around local plants, foods, and stories embedded into place.

Maika’i Tubbs is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and his MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design where he is currently an Adjunct Professor. He has work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Honolulu Museum of Art, Landesmuseum Hannover and has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Germany.

Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour is a Tk’emlúpsemc (Tuh-Kem-loops-ehmmk) band member and fourth-generation English settler and two-spirit who has sat on the Traditional Family Governance Council for the Stk'emlupsemc (Ssss-tuh-Kem-Loops-ehmmk) te Secwepemc (Seck-whep-ehmmk) Nation, which shut down a proposed open-pit mine, and is an appointed speaker for his nation. Jeffrey is Assistant Professor at the Ryerson School of Social Work and worked as a sessional instructor in Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Jeffrey’s teaching philosophy and pedagogy are informed by Secwepemc cosmology and the belief that land and water defense are critical to the future of social work research, practice, pedagogy and our duty to serve. Jeffrey testified as an expert witness at Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, trans and two-spirit people held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where he spoke of colonial violences on and in two-spirit bodies, the land/water and the social work classroom. 

About the Curator

Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging curator and artist. Her work addresses complicated relationships to land as they are embodied within the performative work of contemporary Indigenous artists. A 2018 graduate of Thompson Rivers University (TRU), she is an alumni of the TRU Indigenous Knowledge Makers program and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ken Lepin Award of Excellence. She is a grateful Cree, Metis, Scottish, and English visitor on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Public Programming

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 28, 7-9pm | Free, Everyone Welcome

Join us for the opening reception at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Mingle with guests and learn more about the importance of the artworks featured in the exhibition. 

Curator’s Tour
Sunday, December 1, 2pm | Free, Everyone Welcome

Join guest curator Emily Dundas Oke for an in-depth tour of the exhibition echoes. 

Panel Discussion
Echoes and Reflections: A public dialogue between artists on land, language, and futurity
Sunday, January 19, 2-4pm | Free, Registration encouraged: burnaby.ca/webreg | Barcode: 519982
Native Education College, 285 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver

This event gathers artists with intersecting interests in land, language, and futurity to engage in generative discussion towards sites of possible resurgence. Organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Burnaby Art Gallery and hosted at the Native Education College, this dialogue aims to centre prominent concerns within the practices of Indigenous artists based here and elsewhere.

Family Programs

In the BAG Family Sundays
Sundays, 1-4pm | Drop-in, all ages

Come and make art related to the exhibition! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. A different project is featured each month. Each program begins on the hour and half-hour mark with the last program at 3:30pm. Sponsored by ABC Recycling

December 15: Wayfinding with Water
January 12: Land and Connections

Stewardship Workshop with Artist Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour
Saturday, January 18, 10am-12noon | $10.00 | 5-16 years & parent
To register: burnaby.ca/webreg | Barcode: 522331

Join visiting artist Jeffery McNeil-Seymour for this workshop about reciprocity and looking after places in nature. This workshop is about encouraging belongingness in children to feel they have a part in saving the sacred, a place in nature they love the most. One adult per child is encouraged to participate, adult fee included.

Rocks & Rubble: Upcycled Art Making Workshop with Maika'i Tubbs
Saturday, January 18, 1-4pm | $10.00 | 5-16 years & parent
To register: burnaby.ca/webreg | Barcode: 522332

Children are invited to join visiting artist Maika'i Tubbs in a hands-on upcycled art making workshop. Using discarded materials found in Burnaby’s waterways, participants are led through a sculptural workshop while exploring themes of disposability and reclamation. Maika'i Tubbs is a Hawai'ian artist currently based in New York. One adult per child is encouraged to participate, adult fee included.