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Gathering Across Moana

2019-10-01 - 2019-10-31

Indigenous peoples have drawn connections across vast distances, continents, and bodies of water for thousands of years, revealing the space between us as potential site for sharing knowledge, experience, and technology. Working from the Pacific view of water (moana and va) as a mode of connection between islands, and by extension, Turtle Island (North America), these exhibitions will explore the transference of ideas through various media across geographic distances, timespans, and cultures. Together these artists delve into the sharing of knowledge and postulate locations of connection in the future, including imagined concepts of place.


Glenn Gear is a multi-disciplinary artist of Inuit, Irish, and English descent, based in Montréal and originally from Newfoundland.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an award winning Halfbreed/Cree interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the dynamism of nêhiyawak cosmology in a contemporary time-place continuum.

Hana Rakena is a ceramic artist from Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi. Hana has a BA in English from Canterbury University.

Rachael Rakena (Ngai Tahu, Nga Puhi) is a video artist who works, frequently in collaboration, to create richly layered performative installations, DVDs and digital stills.

Trinity Square Video

Reweti Arapere + Erena Baker are visual artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and have exhibited extensively both throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

Bruno Canadien (Dene) works primarily as a painter, using paint and mixed media to convey ideas surrounding the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, colonialism, resource exploitation, resistance and presence.

Tsēmā Igharas is an award-winning Tahltan Indigenous interdisciplinary artist making work that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land.

Sarah Houle is a Métis multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary and her work is autobiographical with an interest in technology, fantasy and craft.

Niki Little (Anishininew / English) is an artist/observer and a founding member of The Ephemerals who interested in Indigenous economies and cultural consumption through community-based strategies.

Kereama Taepa’s practice considers the tradition of innovation by exploring the relationships between Māori philosophy and digital technologies.

Cora-Allan Wickliffe is a multidisciplinary artist from Waitakere and is of Niue and Māori heritage. Her practice often examines constructed identities of indigenous people and focuses on developing platforms for the self determination of such representations.

Dr. Johnson Witehira is an artist, designer and academic. He is a leader in Indigenous innovation in art and design, with a focus on Māori design.


Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, BC) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side and her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture.


GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) is a collective of scholars which consists of Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Dr. Julie Nagam and Dr. Carla Taunton. They work through theory, curatorial and artistic practice that prioritize collaborative projects that activate/generate space for visiting/gathering; sharing of knowledge and mentorship.

Noor Bhangu is an emerging curator and scholar of South Asian descent and is currently based Tkaronto/Toronto.

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