It is no question that art holds powerful implications for how we view our surroundings, others and ourselves. In 2019 communities of Indigenous artists are coming to the cultural forefront to dispel misrepresentations of Indigenous people as well as centering and celebrating indigenous resilience, sovereignty and cultures.
Terra Informers spoke with Cree, Métis and Norwegian photographer, Marissa Magneson at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that took place in June. Magneson presented a talk titled “Re-Framing History: Flipping Artistic Perspective of Indigenous Identity” which explores how art is used to shape and reshape our understanding of people, history, and places.
Throughout the interview Terra Informer, Shawn Hou, presents headlines that demonstrate the ties that art has to identity as well as the climate crisis.
Links to Indigenous Artists
Juno Award winning musician, Jeremy Dutcher
Visual artist, Kent Monkman
Matika Wilbur’s Project 562
Alberta’s inaugural artist in residence, Lauren Crazybull
Links to Headlines
Prominent AIDs activist and artist, Douglas Crimp, dead at age 74.
United Kingdom Tate Galleries taking a stronger stance on the climate emergency after cutting ties with British Petroleum.
Activists call for London Opera House to sever ties with large oil sponsors, prompting actors to resign from their positions with the company.
Public mural in downtown Vancouver, titled ‘Earth Justice’ is about respecting and preserving the planet.
New York City garbage trucks adorned with murals highlighting and encouraging sustainability.
Protesters in China use guerrilla art as a form of non-violent protest of a bill.