imagineNATIVE Announces Art Crawl and Exhibitions including works by Lisa Jackson, Adrian Stimson, and more!

by pmnationtalk on September 14, 2018269 Views

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 17 – 21, 2018, is proud to announce this year’s visual arts programming including seven exhibitions, installations and the annual Art Crawl.

imagineNATIVE and A Space Gallery – in partnership with Vtape and Native Women in the Arts – will presentCurrent Terrain, September 18 – October 21, an exhibition curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. This exhibition investigates a range of works by Indigenous artists currently living in Alberta demonstrating the vitality of contemporary art in the province. Each of the artists’ work activate Alberta’s variable territories and geographies, all connected by extensive bodies of water. While some artists consider site and relationship of land to family, others explore the ways in which the landscape has been altered by colonialism, capitalism and resource extraction. Overall, this exhibition considers the intersection of land, ecology, and relationality to and within Alberta.

Current Terrain features the work of Bruno Canadien, Brenda Draney, Jessie Ray Short, Adrian Stimson, and Alberta Rose Williams, and includes an essay written by Nicole Kelly Westman. The exhibition opens with a new World Premiere live performance by renowned interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator Adrian Stimson on September 18 at A Space Gallery.

From September 18 to 24, in partnership with the National Film Board and the City of Toronto, imagineNATIVE will present an extraordinary vision of Indigenous futurism with Lisa Jackson’s virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light at Nathan Phillips Square, featuring five custom-built stations with VR headsets. Biidaaban: First Light will be presented again at imagineNATIVE, October 16 to 21 at the iNdigital Space on the main floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE and Trinity Square Video will present Toolkit for Revolution, October 17 – December 1 at Trinity Square Video. Notions and understandings of revolution are explored in Toolkit for Revolution through the activist poster work of the Sámi collective Suohpanterror and Anishinaabe artist Jay Soule. Through this work – and through a new performance by Jenni Laiti – it raises questions about Indigenous self-determination and freedom and how we can envision and enact a revolution based on our core value of love: love for our land, our people, and our cultures. Presented in a street-style format, a series of posters by Suohpanterror are presented in the main gallery with new work by Jay Soule commissioned for this exhibition are displayed in the Gallery 44 Vitrines.

imagineNATIVE is pleased to co-present new exhibitions with long-time partner galleries in the 401 Richmond building. These include Passages featuring the work of Olivia Whetung and curated by Tania Willard (Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, October 19 – December 1), On Being Illiberal featuring the work of Carl Beam, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Merritt Johnson, and Fallon Simard and curated by Suzanne Morrissette (Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, October 5 – November 24), and Toronto’.

Trialogue featuring the work of Simon M. Benedict and Sonia Robertson and curated by Guy Sioui Durand (YYZ Artists’ Outlet, September 7 – December 12).

All exhibitions at 401 Richmond will be part of the annual imagineNATIVE Art Crawl, sponsored by RBC, on Friday, October 19. Stay tuned for more information about this popular event.

imagineNATIVE is also pleased to co-present two exhibitions with new partner galleries. Coney Island Baby features the work of Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, and Tania Willard at Gallery TPW (September 13 – November 3). Chandra Melting Tallow will perform a live score with the screening of Coney Island Baby on October 18 at 6:30pm at Gallery TPW. Loner Culture features the work of Thirza Cuthand, KITE, and Fallon Simard and is curated by Lindsay Nixon (InterAccess, September 14 – October 27).

Please visit our partner gallery websites for complete exhibition details and stay tuned for the full programming announcement for the 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on September 18th.

imagineNATIVE Art Crawl, sponsored by RBC

Friday, October 19, 2018

5 – 10pm | FREE | 401 Richmond Street West

Current Terrain | Artist Talk: 6:30pm

A Space Gallery, Suite 110 / September 18 – October 21

Toolkit for Revolution | Artist Talk: 7:00pm

Trinity Square Video, Suite 121 / October 17 – December 1

Passages | Artist Talk: 7:30pm

Gallery 44, Suite 120 / October 18 – December 1

On Being Illiberal | Artist Talk: 8:00pm

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Suite 124 / October 5 – November 24

Toronto’. Trialogue | Artist Talk: 8:30pm

YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Suite 140 / September 7 – December 12 facebook/imagineNATIVE / Facebook and Instagram: @imagineNATIVE


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 17-21, 2018
Festival Passes + Package Available Until September 24 Only
Tickets for single screenings and events go on sale October 1
Call – TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON

Media Contact: Damien Nelson,, +1 416.693.4425


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