Conference brings Indigenous art to campus

The New Sun Conference, held on Mar. 4, was welcomed with the smell of burning sage. The conference, which began 16 years ago, is meant to generate a healthier relationship between the Indigenous community and Carleton University, according to its program. Allan Ryan, the conference’s chair, opened the proceedings with words of greeting in Algonquin, Cree, Mohawk, Inuktitut, French, and English and acknowledged the hospitality of the Algonquin peoples, on whose unceded land Ottawa is situated on. This year’s presenters highlighted the culture of healing and education across communities. The first speaker, Shane Belcourt, a Métis filmmaker from Ottawa whose work has won many awards, said “[Art] is a desire to return to the source from which we came.” He […]

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CUAG opening three new exhibitions in January

Carol Sawyer’s solo exhibition The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, curated by Heather Anderson, is one of three new exhibitions opening at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) Jan. 18, along with Mathew Reichertz’s Garbage, and the group exhibition Continuum: Abstraction in Contemporary Indigenous Art. The upcoming exhibitions curated by Heather Anderson, Robin Metcalfe, and Wahsontiio Cross feature works from artists Robert Houle, Rita Letendre, Helen Wassegijig, Lance Belanger, and Alex Janvier. The Natalie Brettschneider Archive narrates the life of a fictional artist and performer named Natalie Brettschneider, which Sawyer has staged since 1998. “I am intrigued by Carol Sawyer’s ongoing, self-reflective project of ‘uncovering’ Natalie Brettschneider’s life and performance work,” Anderson said. “She also includes historical documents that she has uncovered […]

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