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Roots Above Branches
203-290 McDermot Ave Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0T2
Roots Above Branches
Artists: Robyn Adam, Niamh Dooley, Danielle Fenn, Kristin Flattery, Sarah Stewart
Dates: April 6 to May 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday April 6, 8pm-11pm
Location: Main and Marvin Francis Media Art Gallery
Roots Above Branches is a collective of six recent University of Manitoba – School of Art Indigenous graduates from the BFA honours program. Our name, Roots above Branches, references to both our shared use of tree branches and other natural materials in our individual practices. It also references the nature of some Indigenous languages wherein the order of the words does not matter in conveying meaning, we felt that this allows us to reference multiple Indigenous languages as we all come from varied backgrounds. This upcoming show incorporates everyone utilizing naturalistic materials with a sense of grounding and earthing. It will explore themes of identity, our individual perspectives, and our connection to the land. Roots Above Branches highlights the importance of where we come from and the cultures we are born into.
Robyn Adam’s connection is to craft tactility and connecting to her ancestors in Canada who identify as being Métis. Exploring relationship from construction materials like concrete with raw natural animal remains like bones, leather and fur she explores hybridity in pursuit of decolonization.
Niamh Dooley is an Oji-Cree and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg. She’s a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation in Treaty 5 territory of Manitoba, but grew up in Treaty 3 territory in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. She predominantly focuses on the exploration of identity, cultural issues, and her interest in the relationships between Indigenous people, past and present, and connecting them with both traditional and contemporary materials in her art practice.
Danielle Fenn is a white presenting Métis woman of Scottish-Cree, English and Irish ancestry. She lives and works in Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she was born and raised. Fenn’s work explores notions of ground and the feeling of being grounded, formally and in relation to identity, women-hood, and the sacred.
Kristin Flattery is a contemporary Dakota and Anishinaabe artist and mother from Long Plain First Nation, Treaty 1 Territory. As a radical Indigenous political activist, her artwork embodies a performative story-telling nature, regarding our relationship and connectedness to the land and exposing the profound effects of colonialism, reclaiming Western spaces and our Indigenous Identities through the discourse of Aboriginal Sovereignty. What will the next 150 year look like for Kanata?
Sarah Stewart is a Métis interdisciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, video and design from Winnipeg, MB. Her work often utilizes found objects and materials, thematically she is interested in creating work that explores themes of communication, growth/stagnation, in-between states, and strange spaces.
Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support, throughout the year, of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, Wawanesa Insurance, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts. ~MIIGWETCH / HAI HAI
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery
203 – 290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2