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Morning Star

Pink neon sign that says

Works by:

Joi T. Arcand, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Alex Janvier, Nadya Kawndibens, Adrian Stimson, Gary Todd

Morning Star

September 13, 2017–June 29, 2018

Curated by Jason Baerg and Darryn Doull

The Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St George Street, 10th Floor

Morning Star rises.

Waabanang is Ojibwe for Morning Star or the planet Venus and has been a beacon of light, serving as a navigational entity for Indigenous Peoples of this land for millennia. In response to the 2017-18 annual theme of the Jackman Humanities Institute, Morning Star ascends to shine light on presence, visibility and collective Indigenous agency to renounce naïve impressions of (re)conciliation that continue to be discussed throughout much of the settler culture across Turtle Island. By opening personal, psychic and linguistic pathways that simultaneously guide to one and lead away from another, Indigenous kinship and survivance come into sharp focus.

Anamnesis propels Morning Star forward as the reminiscent past collides with the future past. While the research of the JHI queries apology as a labored apparatus addressing indelible violence and the effects of conciliation alongside acknowledged colonial shame, may the individuals represented in this exhibition and the creators who manifest their likenesses guide both the thought and action of this immediate community and beyond. Informed by the full herstory of this land and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, we must walk alongside one another with respect to succeed.

Morning Star rises.

Opening Reception

Wednesday September 13, 2017, 4-6pm
The Jackman Humanities Institute

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from The Jackman Humanities Institute, the University of Toronto MVS Curatorial Studies Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and Manulife Financial.

Title Image:Joi Arcand, ᐁᑳᐃᔹ ᓀᐯᐃᓸ (ēkāwiya nēpēwisi), 2017. Neon channel sign (pink). 120.7 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by Paul Litherland

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