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Dates: March 19th - April 10th, 2015
Locations on billboards and storefronts around the Winnipeg downtown area
DonateURBAN SHAMAN CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL ART
203 - 290 MCDERMOT AVE WINNIPEG, MB R3B 0T2
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TUES - SAT 12PM - 5PM
CLOSED SUNDAYS & MONDAYS
About Urban Shaman
Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run centre dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.
Urban Shaman presents contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal art with integrity while remaining rooted in our diverse Aboriginal cultures.
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for Aboriginal art in Canada. Our focus on developing new programming and new ways of presenting, it have resulted in increased exposure and the expansion of our activities. Urban Shaman is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and arts community at large.
• Committed to serving the needs of emerging, mid-career, and established Aboriginal artists through exhibitions and associated programming, workshops, residencies and curatorial initiatives.
• Dedicated to contributing to art historical and cultural critical discourses on a local, national, and international level.
• Committed to facilitating artistic production, education, and appreciation of contemporary art as an important and empowering tool for Aboriginal peoples.
Admission to the gallery is free.
I was tired of reading negative and disparaging remarks directed at Indigenous people of Winnipeg, in the press and on social media, so I created a body of work that forces the viewer to look again and documents another perspective.
My photos series, called “Perception,” is an attempt to combat the stereotypes some have of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and to illustrate that just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a person based on their race.
I have always known that there were so many Indigenous people in Winnipeg who were leaders in the community or Indigenous people living average lives. However, their stories never made it into the newspapers or on social media. Then, during the 2014 civic election campaign—with some of the stories and comments that came forward—I realized how alive racism is in Winnipeg, and how many negative stereotypes of First Nations people are accepted as fact. I decided to ask models to pose for me and offered them a chance to label themselves.
In the first photo, I asked models to think of a time when they experienced racism or discrimination, and to think about how they felt at that time. In the second photo, I asked them to think of something positive—maybe the first time they kissed their partner, or a really special time in their lives. The second photo becomes the actual representation of the person.
Published articles already about this campaign…
Portrait series fights stereotypes about aboriginal people
(3:35 where interview begins with KC) http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Manitoba/ID/2493209312/
Artist KC Adams takes photo of model for Perception series
Winnipeg’s new art project stares down racism in the face
Made Possible with the generous support from:
Mike F.B Nesbitt, University of Manitoba, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Winnipeg Biz, Wawanesa Insurance, North West Company, Assiniboine Credit Union, The University of Winnipeg, Peerless Garments, The Winnipeg Foundation, The University of Winnipeg Students Association, Magellan Aerospace, Manitoba Hydro, MTS, Johnston Group, TripWire Media Group, National Leasing, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Our friends, volunteers, community and All Our Relations. ~GITCHI MIIGWETCH / HAI HAI