Unearthing: Indigenous Art as Environmental Activism in Contemporary Canada

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David Walls (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Jennifer Reis

Abstract: This research paper seeks to challenge the idea that Indigenous art is strictly based in heritage and has no place alongside contemporary works. The use of the word “Unearthing” in this title refers to often unseen and destructive environmental impacts, such as logging, while also referencing the act of discovery or “bringing to light.” With this project, I attempt to answer three questions:1. How have artists communicated the need for positive environmental change through their work?2. How have new forms of media been utilized in the creation of these works?3. What impact do Indigenous artists have on curatorial practices in museums and galleries? (What are the curatorial implications?)Curatorial practices refer to activities such as communicating directly with artists and presenting artwork to the public. This paper discusses a variety of environmental issues, exhibitions/installations, and Indigenous artists that have contributed to an ever expanding contemporary art scene in Canada that is often overlooked.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2021
Art, Art History, Indigenous, Contemporary, Contemporary Art, Canada, Museums

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