“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
– Louis Riel
About the Campaign
The Perception Series, as displayed by Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg’s Downtown, is the first installment of an annual public engagement series by the gallery using the work of emerging and established Indigenous artists. Its purpose is to use art displayed outside our gallery walls, in dynamic and innovative ways, to stimulate various types of discussions in the broader community. The series will stake a claim for Indigenous art in our community and amplify their stories. Each year will feature new artists and art to discuss our relations and our community.
Certainly art can’t solve everything, but it creates important discussions and help move us forward together. We hope you agree.
Community support for the project to-date was made possible by generous contributions from local businesses, foundations, supporters and our friends. To continue this type of work we will need your support. Your donation can be made for future projects via canadahelps.org and our soon-to-be launched Indiegogo campaign. You can make this idea have a long future. It will also show the community’s approval for more dialogue.
From late March to the end of April, 2015, the first installment of this series, featuring KC Adams’ Perception, will see 130 large format posters displayed around Winnipeg’s downtown, ads in malls, over 20 Winnipeg transit shelter ads, various video screens, a number of large billboards as well as projections on buildings on Winnipeg on some nights. There are smaller posters and handbills too. Many businesses and supporters have even taken their own initiatives and are planning their own unique ways of getting Perception out into the community.
About Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art
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 has resulted in increased exposure and the expansion of our activities. Urban Shaman is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and arts community at large.
Established in 1996 as an Aboriginal artist-run centre, Urban Shaman strives to represent the wide diversity of Aboriginal art in its full breadth of creativity, complexity, and contemporary viewpoints.
Our mission is to program artists whose work hinges on experimentation in form and content, representing emerging and established artists whose work displays a high degree of professionalism, aesthetic maturity, and rigor. As a cultural centre, we play an important role in promoting the rich artistic legacy of our diverse and dynamic communities. Urban Shaman is committed to challenging people’s notions of “Aboriginal Art,” and while appreciating ancestral contributions, we focus on promoting significant contemporary artists who continue to maintain a long tradition of image making.
About the Artist
Born in 1971, the Winnipeg-based artist KC Adams graduated from Concordia University with a BFA and works in medium that includes: sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. She maintains her own website at www.kcadams.com showcasing her work and digital art projects. KC Adams has had several solo exhibitions, most recently Legacy at the Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta, NSW. She has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, Circuit City at My Winnipeg at la maison rouge in Paris, France, Cyborg Living Space II, The Language of Intercession at the OBORO Gallery in Montreal and Cyborg Hybridsat the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Canada Council’s International residency in Parramatta, NSW. She has received several grants and awards from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Twenty pieces from the Cyborg Hybrid series is in the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, ten Circuit City prints to the Indian and Inuit Art Centre in Ottawa and Birch Bark Ltd. is in the collection of the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, NSW.