New Exhibition at the GNO – Beshaabiiganan (Lines)

The GNO (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario) is inviting community members to its newest exhibition, Beshaabiiganan, from artists Darlene Naponse, Deanna Nebenionquit and Tanya Lukin Linklater. The exhibition runs from Thursday, June 1st to Saturday, July 8th. An opening reception will be held at the GNO on Thursday, June 1st at 7 PM.

The exhibition is the result of conversations between the three Indigenous artists. Their shared concerns—land, Indigenous languages, treaty, relationships, histories and futures—inform the installation. The exhibition’s title, Beshaabiiganan, is the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) word for “lines.”

A substantial line will travel through the gallery, over the walls, across the windows and floor, extending to the past and possible futures. The installation will also include video projection and a collaborative text.

While Naponse and Nebenionquit are both from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (formerly known as Whitefish Lake First Nation), Linklater is originally from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska, and is currently based in North Bay. As three Indigenous women based in northern Ontario and working in the field of contemporary art, the artists were particularly interested in themes relating to traditional territory and what it means for them to be “in the field.”

The installation’s central concept of “lines” owes much to the imagery of the historical Two-Row Wampum, a wampum belt created to record a treaty of peaceful coexistence between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Five Nations) and Dutch settlers.

Deanna Nebenionquit is an emerging Indigenous curator from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, formerly known as Whitefish Lake First Nation. Since 2014, she has curated a number of exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury, including For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston and Darlene Naponse’s bi mooskeg | surfacing, which was named the 2016 Exhibition of the Year (Under $10,000) by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Darlene Naponse is a multidisciplinary Indigenous artist from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She is a writer, director, video artist and poet. Her short films and feature films have screened in different film festivals across the world including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001/2002/2003. Her art based video work has been installed in various galleries and her films have been aired nationally and internationally. Her work is deeply connected to her community, First Nations realities of the 21st century and Mother Earth. As a storyteller she is in search of imaginative images giving truth through word, film and song.

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces—including Indigenous languages, and institutions. Her work has been exhibited and performed at EFA Project Space + Performa (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago (Chilé), SBC Gallery (Montreal), Western Front (Vancouver), Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), and elsewhere. She originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario, Canada.

For more information visit the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario’s website and Facebook page or call 705-673-4927.
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is located at 174 Elgin St..

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free admission

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