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#callresponse

7 Sep – 18 Nov 2018

#callresponse
Artists: Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, Lakkuluk Williamson-Bathory
Guest Responders: Issac Murdoch, Esther Neff & IV Castellanos, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Tanya Tagaq

Co-Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard in partnership with grunt gallery. Presented by SMU Gallery and Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre

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EVENTS

Opening: Friday September 7, at 7pm. Nikamon Ohci Askiy (Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew): The Land Sings. Performance with Ursula Johnson and Meagan Musseau.

Exhibition Dates: September 8 - November 18, 2018

Artist Talk: with Tarah Hogue and Maria Hupfield. 8pm at SMU AG. Co-presented by The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and Nocturne: Art at Night.

Workshop: November 17th. Christi Belcourt Stop Alton Gas! Water Protector's Teach-in. Location TBA.

Stay tuned for more information about #callresponse events.

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ABOUT
#callresponse begins with a series of five local art commissions by Indigenous women and artists whose home territories are located in the Canadian nation state, including Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory. Shining a light on work that is both urgent and long-term, #callresponse is structured as a connective support system that strategically centres Indigenous women across multiple platforms.

CALL

To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

RESPONSE

To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

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Eyelevel and Saint Mary's University Art Gallery present #callresponse, an artistic and curatorial collaboration led by Indigenous women. A touring exhibition with responsive programming, #callresponse promotes discussion and action around Indigenous cultural revitalization, land-based knowledge, and cross-cultural solidarity. Shining a light on work that is both urgent and long-term, #callresponse acts as a connective support system that begins with commissioned artworks created by five Indigenous North American women artists and their invited respondents.

A touring exhibition, #callresponse opened at Vancouver’s grunt gallery in 2016, and the project continues to evolve and engage each to which it travels with specific programming.

#callresponse strategically centers Indigenous women across multiple platforms, moving between specificity of Indigenous nations, site, online space, and the gallery. The project focuses on forms of performance, process, and translation that incite dialogue and catalyze action across borders between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. An online platform using the hashtag #callresponse on social media connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges. #callresponse aims to promote visibility, populate as many spaces, and media, to broadcast the message and to catalyze bodies.

#callresponse is grounded in discussions about the importance of Indigenous Feminisms in grounding our lives and work in reciprocal relations, while critiquing and refusing the intersections of colonialism and patriarchy. The project reorients the vital presence of Indigenous women—their work and their embodied experiences—as central, as defining, and as pre-existing current appeals for a reconcilable future.

ACCESS NOTES:
Saint Mary's University Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on the Saint Mary's University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building. The Gorsebrook entrance to the Loyola Building is wheelchair accessible, but the entrance to the art gallery is not. The gallery door has a push handle for entry. There are two benches for seating inside the gallery. Two gendered bathrooms are located approximately 200 ft from the gallery down the hall to the right from the gallery in the Loyola Building. There is signage to indicate the location of the gendered bathrooms. The space is climate controlled, and visitors are discouraged from wearing scents in the space. ASL interpretations are offered if requested two weeks before an event; however, we will do our best to accommodate last minute requests depending on interpreter availability.