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History questioned at Harbourfront & AGO for Canada 150

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with curator Rhéanne Chartrand & Chief Programming Officer Iris Nemani about “Our Home On Native Land” at Harbourfront Centre. And then co-curator Anique Jordan about "Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood" at The Art Gallery of Ontario.

WHO: Rhéanne Chartrand & Iris Nemani

WHAT: Our Home on Native Land

WHERE: Harbourfront Centre

WHEN: June 30th to July 3rd




BIO: This Canada Day weekend, join us in celebrating the diverse sounds and stories of the land known as Turtle Island by acknowledging the creative contributions of Indigenous and newcomer Canadians.

On the occasion of Canada Day, Our Home On Native Land aims to spark questions, conversations, and ultimately a rethinking of “what it means to be Canadian” by foregrounding, celebrating, and making space for the diverse voices and stories of belonging to this land that are often excluded from typical ideas and expressions of Canadianness.

By focusing on narratives of creative resistance, intersectional solidarity, social justice, and decolonization, Our Home On Native Land reveals the connective threads that exist between Indigenous and diverse, newcomer communities in their creative contributions to the artistic and cultural fabric of Canada, or Kanata.

This festival takes its title from a well-known act of resistance committed by Indigenous peoples across Canada, whereby they intentionally change the line “Our Home and Native Land” to “Our Home On Native Land” to re-ascribe Indigenous sovereignty over the lands now known as Canada.

WHO: Anique Jordan

WHAT: Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood


WHERE: The Art Gallery of Ontario


WHEN: June 29th – September 10th 2017





BIO:  Taking over the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?

The 150th anniversary of Canada is a moment to rewrite and reclaim the official narrative of Canadian history and move into the future with new insight. Acknowledging that Canada’s sesquicentennial represents a narrow slice of time in the larger historical record of the land, the artworks featured in this exhibition engage with a broad range of cultural, traditional, spiritual and land-based stories. At the heart of the exhibition is the belief that Canada is a dynamic work in progress anchored by strong Indigenous voices and a complexity of cultures and identities.

The multimedia installation features new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others who are shaping Canada’s next generation of artists.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) with Quill Christie-Peters (artist and youth educator), Anique Jordan (artist, educator and activist) and Laura Robb (AGO Interpretive Planner).

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Located in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, 4th floor



Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.


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