Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity tackles contemporary indigenous art practices spanning continents
The Power Plant’s latest exhibition, Arctic/Amazon, which opens on the day following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, features the works of 12 artists from three continents. Curated by Governor General Award-winning Indigenous educator Dr. Gerald McMaster with co-curators Dr. Nina Vincent and Noor Alé — the arresting show seeks to illuminate geopolitical and environmental issues that affect artists and artistic practices in these disparate regions.
“At a time when Canada is striving toward reconciliation, this exhibition platforms contemporary Indigenous culture across borders and continents. We are grateful for the dedication and expertise Gerald McMaster and Nina Vincent bring to this project and are confident that the accompanying publication will contribute invaluable insights to the study of contemporary Indigenous art,” says artistic director Gaëtane Verna.
The first night also coincides with Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Following the opening weekend, the Arctic/Amazon exhibition will run alongside related talks, children’s workshops and artist-led tours.
Notable highlights include Peruvian artist Olinda Reshijabe Silvano’s collaboration with students from OCAD University on a large-scale commission for The Power Plant and a mural at Toronto Metropolitan University; and if you are just passing by, you will see large-scale photographic work by Uýra (Indigenous in diaspora) on the exterior of gallery.
Arctic/Amazon runs until December 31. Thepowerplant.org