10. January 2018 - 15:00 till 20:00
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Opening and performance #callresponse / C Magazine Launch | Blackwood Gallery | Wednesday, 10. January 2018

Ke'tapekiaq Ma'qimikew: The Land Sings
Performance by Cherish Violet Blood, Ursula Johnson, Rosary Spence
Wednesday, January 10, 3–8pm
Innovation Complex Rotunda, UTM

#callresponse Exhibition Opening & CMagazine Launch
Wednesday, January 10, 5–8pm

A FREE shuttle bus departs Mercer Union at 5:30pm and returns downtown at 8pm.

Ke'tapekiaq Ma'qimikew: The Land Sings is an audio-based endurance performance that offers an apology to the land for the ways in which our human impact has shaped the landscape and displaced the voices of many Indigenous peoples. Ursula Johnson’s project posits song as a positive force that brings people together in the act of singing. The land is recognized as a feminine body and a matriarch by many Indigenous nations, and many cultures determine their movement on the land through song. In the process of collaboration, the song takes shape and gains a new title in the language of the participants and in response to the land on which it is performed.

Featuring work by Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos & Esther Neff, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula A. Johnson, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Co-organized by Tarah Hogue (curator), Maria Hupfield (artist/curator), Tania Willard (artist/curator)
January 8–27, 2018
Presented as part of "Stewardship," Circuit 4/5, "Take Care"

To support the work of Indigenous women from across Turtle Island through art commissions that drive dialogue and mobilize action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations, both human and non.
To ground art in accountability, value lived experience, and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience, and refusal against ongoing multiple articulations of power and the structural colonial violence of nation states.

In conjunction with the opening reception, C Magazine launches c136 "Site/ation," a special issue guest edited by BUSH gallery (represented by Tania Willard and Peter Morin)—an experimental, land-based, Indigenous-led artist rez-idency. The issue focuses on Indigenous and non-Western art practices outside of city centres and gallery systems, and questions where and how art exists on the land, in rural settings and communities. With words and images by Billy-Ray Belcourt, Karyn Recollet, Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Marianne Nicolson, Anique Jordan, Ashok Mathur, Toby Lawrence, Michael Turner, and Jeremy Dutcher, among many others. This issue also features an artist project by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, who collaborate under the name Native Art Department International.
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