April 20, 2021 to June 6, 2021
ᐃ is a symbol in both Inuktitut and Anishininiwak syllabics translated as ‘I’ to embody self-determination and solidarity in collective reclamation.
The United Nations officially deemed 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, following the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 13-14, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, 13-17. As a gesture to acknowledge the many Indigenous languages lost and still spoken, this exhibition places language at the centre in dialogue with works from the WAG collection spanning many decades.
The connection between Inuit and Anishininiwak cultures stems beyond language and syllabic. The clay and stone sculptures in ᐃ highlight influences of each cultures’ established practice and methods in material and form. In this exhibition, you’ll see the relationships in history and art history, as well as the impact on collective and individual creative endeavours.