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Exhibit by U of T Scarborough’s first Indigenous artist-in-residence focuses on ceremony and its impact – U of T News

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 2019156 Views

To experience the exhibit by the University of Toronto Scarborough’s first Indigenous artist-in-residence, participants had to both look and listen.

“It adds another layer of expression,” says Animikiik’otcii Maakaai, who debuted her first solo exhibit, Tako-Pinehsiiwan, at U of T Scarborough’s Gallery 1265.

“Oral tradition is so important in Anishinaabe culture, it’s how we learn, it’s how we pass down knowledge. It’s really vital to the storytelling that I’m trying to do through my drawings.”

The exhibit includes five drawings – four oil pastel and one chalk – suspended by ribbons hung from the ceiling, a trail of cedarwood branches carefully placed below them. Playing throughout the exhibit is a recording of Maakaai narrating a story about the impact of ceremony, a crucial part of Indigenous tradition and culture.

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