Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity publication is an international collaboration focused on situating Amazonian and Circumpolar Arctic Indigenous artists, curators, and authors, addressing a wide range of topics, including how artists integrate sophisticated notions of spirituality, ancestral respect, traditional knowledge, political critique, and global Indigeneity in their practice. The publication is rooted in an Epistolary Exchange between co-authors Dr. Gerald McMaster and Dr. Nina Vincent who describe current events and concerns, as well as historical and personal reflections on contemporary art while they prepare the forthcoming Arctic/Amazon exhibition at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as well as a mural that will be created at the Toronto Metropolitan University.
The Mural project is curated by Gerald McMaster, made possible through the support of Paul Roth, and created by Olinda Reshijabe Silvano and Niap (Nancy Saunders) – two exceptional artists representing the collaboration and thrivance of voices from the Arctic and Amazon.
The Arctic/Amazon digital resource is a free educational tool, featuring an abridged version of the Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity Epistolary Exchange and a series of four virtual Knowledge Exchange Workshops led by the two principal authors – Dr. Gerald McMaster and Dr. Nina Vincent. This publicly available digital resource is offered by Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge as part of and as a companion online tool accessible alongside the Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity publication.
Wapatah Centre is very excited to invite you on a journey through four Knowledge Exchange Workshops as part of the Arctic/Amazon digital resource. Join co-authors Gerald McMaster and Nina Vincent as they are joined in conversation by contributors to the upcoming publication and groundbreaking scholars, artists, and performers: Harald Gaski, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ailton Krenak, and João Paulo Barreto.
Gerald McMaster and Nina Vincent in conversation with contributors to the upcoming publication.
Dr. McMaster is a prolific curator, artist and author of Plains Cree ancestry and a member of the Siksika Nation. He is the Director of Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. In 2005, he was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, and received the national Aboriginal Achievement Award.
He brings over 40 years of international experience in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics to this project. He has worked at institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Key milestones: Canadian curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; Canadian Commissioner to the 2010 Biennale of Sydney; Artistic Director to the 2012 Biennale of Sydney. Recent work: an Art Canada Institute publication, Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work (2020); and the curation of a seminal Postcommodity exhibition at Remai Modern, Postcommodity: Time Holds All the Answers (2021).
Nina Vincent is a Brazilian anthropologist, researcher, professor, independent curator and currently works at the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), where she works close to communities to preserve intangible heritage and Brazilian popular/traditional culture.
Bachelor in Social Sciences at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with exchange period at Université Paris X – Nanterre, France. She has a master degree and a PhD in Anthropology at the same institution. In 2021 she held the thesis called “ART, INDIGENOUS LAND. Paths and relations of Indigenous Contemporary Arts between worlds” (2021) addressing the emergence of a contemporary indigenous art scene in Brazil over the past decade.
Author of “Paris, Maori. The museum and its others” (2015) her Master’s dissertation published by Garamond through the Social Sciences National Association (ANPOCS) best dissertation prize granted to her in 2013. The book analyzes the visuality and curatorial proposition of some exhibitions held at the Musée Du Quai Branly, specially one curated by the Maori, indigenous people from New Zealand, exploring relations between colonialism, primitivism, arts, cultural representation, aesthetic regimes, material culture and the agency of objects.
In 2016 was the recipient of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program scholarship that brought her to work at Wapatah/OCAD U on the Arctic Amazon project coordinated by Gerald McMaster.
She was research assistant to the collective exhibition On the path of glass beads organized by Els Lagrou at Museu do Índio, Brazil.
Has taught Anthropology of Art, Indigenous and Afrobrazillian Arts at the Art School (EBA)of UFRJ (2014) and offered workshops and classes on Anthropology, Art, and Curatorial issues at other academic and artistic institution.
She was assistant editor to the publication “Brazilian Culture Today”, from Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, Brazil, a compilation of lectures by Brazilian contemporary artists from all fields.
Ailton Krenak (Brazil) is an Indigenous human rights activist. In 1987, he captured media and public attention by painting his face black with jenipapo stain while delivering a speech to the National Congress of Brazil. He is the founder and current director of the Indigenous Culture Centre, and also directs the Dance and Indigenous Cultures Festival. Author of several papers and articles published in anthologies and journals in Brazil and abroad, his latest book Ideas to Postpone the End of the World is a best-seller in Brazil.
João Paulo Barreto is an Indigenous activist of the Ye’pamahsã (Tukano) people, and an anthropologist and professor at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). He is the creator and co-founder of the Center for Indigenous Medicine in the Amazon, a clinic that specifically serves Indigenous people.
Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. She investigates insistence in both concept and application. Tanya’s work has been shown at Soft Water Hard Stone, the 2021 New Museum Triennial, Soft Power at SFMOMA, ….and other such stories, the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, EFA Project Space + Performa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and elsewhere. In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Visual Art. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She is Supiaq/Alutiiq and a member of the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska.
Harald Gaski is born and grew up on the river Deatnu in Sápmi, on the 70th latitude in the northernmost county in Norway. Gaski is an author, editor, and a professor in Sámi literature at Sámi allaskuvla (Sámi University of Applied Sciences) in Guovdageaidnu, Norway, and a professor in Sámi culture and literature at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity and accompanying digital educational resource are offered through the generous support from a SSHRC Connections Grant, The Appleton Foundation, The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau, Michael Audain, Kiki and Ian Delaney, Michelle Koerner, and Jamie Cameron and Chris Brett.