A preliminary artist list has been released for the next Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) in Montreal. Curated by David Garneau (Métis), with the assistance of Rudi Aker (Wolastoqiyik) and Faye Mullen (Anishinaabe), the next biennial is titled “Kahwatsiretátie : Teionkwariwaienna Tekariwaiennawahkòntie” and is based on the theme of honouring kinship.
“In addition to choosing fine works of art and placing them in good display relations with each other,” the curators state in a release, “we also asked a dozen Kahwatsiretátie artists to invite ‘kin’ to exhibit with them. These artists may be family, community members, or other kindred folks. This redistribution of curatorial agency is a form of non-colonial practice. Like a ceremony or party where invited guests invite their own guests, we want to expand the circle to include relations we did not yet know.”
The release also states that the curator, assistants and board “sought council with the traditional stewards of this territory”—the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka—in developing the exhibition and its title.
Here are the artists announced so far:
Kaia’tanó:ron Dumoulin Bush
Larissa Riss Kitchemonia
Sherry Farrell Racette
Maret Ánne Sara
BACA will run April 23 to June 21, 2020, at venues including Art Mûr, La Guilde, Maison des Régions, the McCord Museum, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and the Stewart Hall Art Gallery.