150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.
What does nationhood mean to Canada? This is the question that 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact is designed to, if not answer, then continue exploring. Building on 40 years of creative collaborations with Indigenous artists, communities and organizations, 150 Acts presents diverse narratives that imagine new social futures from the collection of the Art Gallery of Guelph. The exhibition presents art as thoughtful responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action – media such as film, new media and performance, beadwork, textile, sculpture, drawing and painting. Featured artists – including Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Michael Massie, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and Norval Morrisseau among others – offer new discoveries and provides the chance to reflect on collective histories and re-imagine possible futures.
Image: Shuvinai Ashoona, Airport, 2017, coloured pencil and felt tip marker on paper. Purchased with funds raised by the AGG Volunteer Association, 2017, Art Gallery of Guelph Collection.