Curated by Tania Willard
October 19 – December 1, 2018
Olivia Whetung’s practice using text and beading reveals intricacies that foreground her images of refusal. In her series of photographs, saasaakwe (2016), she reworks famous artist quotes, beading words onto barrettes, to conflate meaning and in doing so she asks us to re-consider the consuming nature of the photograph.
Artist Olivia Whetung is anishinaabekwe and a member of Curve Lake First Nation. Whetung works in various media including beadwork, printmaking, and digital media. Her work explores acts of/active Native presence, as well as the challenges of working with/in/through Indigenous languages in an art world dominated by the English language.
Curator Tania Willard, Secwe̓pemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Indigenous and other cultures.