Who Are the Indigenous Artists to Watch at Art Toronto?
Over a third of galleries at the Canadian art fair are showing First Nations artists this year.
Nadia Myre, Boundaries (2021). Courtesy the artist and Art Mûr.
Indigenous artists from across North America will play a major role in Art Toronto when it returns from 29 to 31 October.
Twenty-two of the 60 galleries exhibiting at the Metro Convention Centre are bringing works by indigenous artists, with five showing works exclusively by such artists.
Fazakas will present Oyasiwewina, The Law (2021), a cut canvas work suspended on a step ladder to suggest a teepee, by two-spirit Cree Métis artist Jason Baerg. Baerg will also take part in a panel 'Decolonizing Museums and Collections' alongside Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, Curator of Native American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of the fair's talks programme.
Ceremonial/Art will show Chief Beau Dick's sculpture Pookmis (2002), a mask carving made with red cedar, acrylic, horsehair, feathers, and cotton. The artist and activist passed away in 2017.
In addition to the galleries showing in person at Art Toronto, another 20 are joining online.
'While we wish all our exhibitors could participate in the in-person fair, we are delighted that our new digital platform will provide all visitors with an opportunity to experience the fair regardless of location,' said Mia Nielsen, Director of Art Toronto.
The online programme will include a panel discussion anticipating the opening of the New Museum's fifth triennial, 'Soft Water Hard Stone', in New York City on 28 October. New Museum curator Margot Norton will discuss the show with participating Canadian artists Nadia Belerique, Laurie Kang, and Jeneen Frei Njootli.
Also occurring online is the exhibition 'As We Rise', which will bring together 100 photographs by Black artists from around the world. The works come from The Wedge Collection, which was established by dentist Dr. Kenneth Montague in 1997. —[O]