During this talk, Metis artist Dayna Danger and Sophie Guignard, one of the 2017 CPI Research Fellows, will discuss Indigenous self-representation through photography by looking at brochures and catalogues of Indigenous photographers’ group exhibitions in North America. Their conversation will draw on a few case studies such as the exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists presented at the Gallery in 2008-2009.
Dayna Danger is a two-spirit Metis – Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) – and Polish visual artist raised in so called Winnipeg, Manitoba. Utilizing photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger’s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger-than-life-scale work. Danger’s current use of BDSM and beading leather fetish masks explores the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Currently based in Tio'tia:ke – Moniang, Danger has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. She holds a MFA in Photography from Concordia University and currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA).
Sophie Guignard is a PhD candidate in Art History at Université du Québec in Montréal (UQAM), with a Master’s in Cultural Policy from Université Paris 7. Her doctoral research focuses on North American Indigenous self-representation through photography. For this purpose, she studies brochures and catalogues of group exhibitions and gatherings of Indigenous photographers since the 1980s. Her article, “Photography as affirmation: an overview of a movement towards self-representation,” was recently published in Inter Art Actuel, while another on the photographer Arthur Renwick’s Mask series will be published in early 2019. She was awarded a fellowship at the Canadian Photography Institute in 2017.
In English with bilingual questions period. Free admission.
The talk will be preceded by a tour with Dayna Danger focusing on photography by Indigenous artists.