Self-care is often presented as unnecessary indulgences feeding into the more self-concerned parts of ourselves, seeing self-care as limited only to directly interacting with our desires and not extending into the world outside, or inside, of oneself.
Locating Self Care in Urban Centres continues the conversation started by Black and Indigenous curators and writers on care as methods of resistance and sovereignty. Artists Laura Grier and Susan Blight consider self-care as manifested through body, land, and community, extending into the gallery itself as a place of respite within the downtown core, a space often unwelcoming of Indigenous presence.
In a city that so often removes Indigenous presence, through displacement and urbanization, this exhibition will be charged with locating Indigenous self-care as a means of asserting stewardship and reciprocity for Toronto’s Indigenous population.
This hub opens September 22nd, 2021.
Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Visit https://www.artworxto.ca/hub/pop-up-collision-gallery to learn more about the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at the Collision Gallery.
Emma Steen is a freelance curator, writer, and Community Relations Manager for the Indigenous Curatorial Collective. Born and raised in Toronto, her area of interest lies in art that explores bodies, sex and love with anti-colonial intention. Her background also includes extensive work in community arts organizing and supporting methods of institutional accountability.
Emma has worked extensively as a writer and editor, contributing her writing to Canadian arts & culture magazines and art galleries. A graduate from OCAD’s CADN Master's program, she was awarded the Master's Thesis/MRP Writing Award in 2020 for her paper, “Why the 90s Were so Sexy: locating sexuality, pleasure and desire in work produced by Indigenous women identified artists during the 1990s and early 2000s in Canada.”
A Battlefield Medicinal Herb Living Green Under the Snow is an installation in which sourced yarrow plants sit in custom-printed pots and in conversation with photographs and text. The result is a poetic map to a space of self-care. This work examines the complexities of care and conviviality for Indigenous women in the face of ongoing genocide and the relationship of those complexities to space. Susan Blight (Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation) is an interdisciplinary artist working with public art, site-specific intervention, photography, film and social practice. Her work engages questions of personal and cultural identity and its relationship to space. Susan joined OCAD University as Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
When there are no words, you make them. I cannot speak my Dene language, so my uncertainty of it all was like walking in the dark trying to find a path of many paths. The word I was wanting to see was “care”, but there is no current word for “care” in Sahtú Kǝdǝ. At least, not the “care” I think of. My care and my love may look different from yours. It is my own personal heart’s mind. I chose Tse [wood] as the vessel, and Mokulito as the process, to express (and show Tse) these elemental feelings of care. Laura Grier is a Délı̨nę Dene artist and printmaker, born in Somba ké (Yellowknife), and raised in Alberta. Through the use of traditional print mediums, they instrumentalize the power of the handmade to reflect various Indigenous methodologies. They hold a BFA from NSCADU and an MFA from OCAD University.