Decolonize Me

Decolonize Me July 31 - October 8, 2014

Topham Brown Memorial Gallery, Caroline Galbraith Gallery, Up-Front Gallery
Decolonize Me
Sonny Assu, Jordan Bennett, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Nigit’stil Norbert,
Barry Pottle, and Bear Witness
July 31 – October 8, 2014

“Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock’s film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super Size Me (2004), the exhibition’s title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics. In the context of the recent efforts of many Indigenous communities to assert their sovereignty and right to self-determination, the artists in this exhibition explore the issues and outcomes of both colonization and decolonization while exposing how these processes have impacted Aboriginal and settler Canadian identity, both individual and collective.”

-Heather Igloliorte, Ottawa Art Gallery Curator

Image Credit: Bear Witness, Assimilate This! (2011), 2-channel video installation, collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery


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The tour of this exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Touring program

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