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Insurgency to Resurgence:

Indigenous people/communities continue to grow subject of Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition

A new exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery looks at how the Indigenous community continues to evolve and move beyond colonization and dispossession with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity and commitment from the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the larger arts community. It's an exciting moment for us, the artists and the WAG. We hope our work at the Gallery and within the community is amplified and heard now and in the future," said Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art, on behalf of her and curator of the exhibit, Dr. Julie Nagam, Chair in the History of Indigenous Art in North America.

For Isaac, the exhibit represents a modern interpretation of Indigenous art that is informed by the past but not slavishly hemmed in by expectations of what Indigenous art represents in the minds of the larger public. 

INSURGENCE/ RESURGENCE will activate the Gallery like never before with thematic monthly programs highlighting the artists to engage Canadians in topics that reflect the pulse of today: gender identity (October); technology (November/ December); reclaiming space (January); language revitalization and storytelling (February); self-determination, land politics, and the environment (March) and  repatriation (April).

And the exhibits run the gamut from video and painting to sculpture in non-traditional materials.

Participating artists include:

Barry Ace, KC Adams, Joi T. Arcand, Dee Barsy, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jordan Bennett, Heather Campbell, Bruno Canadien, Hannah Claus, Dana Claxton, Dayna Danger, Earthline Tattoo Collective, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Tsema Igharas, Ursula Johnson, Casey Koyczan, Kenneth Lavallee, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amy Malbeuf, Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, Frank Shebageget, Amanda Strong, Joseph Tisiga, Couzyn van Heuvelen, Isabella Weetaluktuk, and Linus Woods. 

Quick facts:
- 29 participating artists representing the vast Indigenous territories and nations across Canada, such as Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Mi'kmaw, Metis, Inuit, Innu, Tahltan, Hunkpapa Lakota, Haudenosaunee, Wuikinuxv, and Klahoose.

- 12 commissioned pieces include site-specific interventions that respond to the design of the WAG building. 

- Is the largest  contemporary Indigenous show in Canadian history curated solely by Indigenous curators. 

- The exhibition covers over 17,000 square feet with art throughout the galleries, indoors and out.

- The WAG is Canada's oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

And kudos to Jamie Isaac who has been hired full time by the Winnipeg Art Gallery demonstrating a commitment to Indigenous arts, culture and programming. 

Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, said, "In her short time so far at the WAG, Jaimie Isaac has assembled some of the Gallery's most thought provoking and unique exhibitions, built important new partnerships, and engaged new audiences with art. I have no doubt that she will continue to drive dialogue in our community-  educating, critiquing, and celebrating the complexities of Canadian identity, Indigenous culture, and issues that motivate art production today. There is perhaps no better moment than now to analyze, document, and exhibit Indigenous contemporary art in Canada, and we are excited to continue working with Jaimie in this regard."

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