Symposium: Wood Land School: Critical Anthology 

Friday - Sunday, March 11-13 2016
Or Gallery, 555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Co-presented by Or Gallery and SFU Galleries

Duane Linklater, Raymond Boisjoly, David Garneau, Candice Hopkins, Amy Kazymerchyk, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Liz Park, Postcommodity, Walter Scott, cheyanne turions

This weekend of talks brings together artists and curators to address the lack of critical writing on the work of contemporary Indigenous artists. The presentation of papers-in-progress by all the participants will work to advance the discourse around Indigenous contemporary art practices.

Wood Land School is an ongoing project with no fixed location and a shifting form. It seeks critical engagement within the realms of representation, film, contemporary art, land, and politics on Turtle Island and beyond. Each iteration of Wood Land School carries forth with it a commitment to address the lack of structural inclusion, both historically and in the now, in a multiplicity of institutional spaces. It is a conceptual and physical space for Indigenous people, with Indigenous people deciding its directions, structures and functions. An important aspect of Wood Land School is the inclusion of non-Indigenous people, so as not to exclude anyone interested in engaging with the complexities of the aforementioned issues. Wood Land School started in 2011 with a small exhibition of works, selected by Duane Linklater, in a studio space located above a store on the Nipissing First Nations in Ontario. Since then it has taken many forms such as residencies, seminars, film screenings and discursive happenings, in places such as The Banff Center for the Arts, Art Metropole, and Simon Fraser University.

Friday, March 11 2016

  • 6-7:30pm Duane Linklater

Saturday, March 12 2016

  • 10am cheyanne turions – From Where Do You Speak?: Locating the Possibility of Decolonization in Krista Belle Stewart’s Seraphine Seraphine
  • 11am Raymond Boisjoly, Questions without answers: needs, justifications, explanations, meaning
  • 12pm Lunch break
  • 1pm Amy Kazymerchyk – Bush Gallery
  • 2pm David Garneau – Can I Get a Witness?: Indigenous, Art, Criticism
  • 3pm Postcommodity – Art is Deaf

Sunday, March 13 2016

  • 10am Walter Scott – Wendy’s Revenge
  • 11am Candice Hopkins – Outside the margins and inside the institution
  • 12pm Lunch break
  • 1pm Tanya Lukin Linklater – A Glossary of Insistence
  • 2pm Liz Park – Exhibitions about Exhibitions, Criticism of Criticism
  • 3pm Closing remarks
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