Wrapped in Culture
Wrapped in Culture
September 17th – November 14th 2020
The Art Gallery of Algoma is thrilled to present, Wrapped in Culture, a travelling exhibition from the Ottawa Art Gallery. This was a collaborative project that brought together ten Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada. Working over the course of three weeks in November 2017, the artists created contemporary versions of an Australian Aboriginal possum skin cloak and a Blackfoot buffalo robe: two culturally distinct, yet similar, artistic traditions that historically held both sacred and practical purposes. The goal of this project was to encourage an inter-cultural sharing of material history to produce a work reflective of Indigenous traditions, cultures, and communities both past and present.
A series of photographs of the robe and cloak serve to bring them to life, demonstrating that these artworks are transformed when they cease to be static objects. Traditionally, the iconography on buffalo robes and possum-skin cloaks told a story about the owner or wearer’s life. The imagery on the contemporary robe and cloak is a narrative of ten artists from different nations and generations coming together.
This project was made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter and partnerships with the City of Ottawa and Carleton University Art Gallery.
Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa]), Kerri Clarke (Boon Wurrung), Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Rosalie Favell (Métis), Mitch Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Wade Mahoney (Barkindji), Meryl McMaster (Cree), Adrian Stimson (Siksika [Blackfoot]), Vicki West (trawlwoolway)
To learn more about Wrapped In Culture and the artists, please visit wrappedinculture.ca
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.