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Decolonizing the Collection and Spiritual Care of Artworks

Friday, November 17, 2023

12 - 1:30 PM EST

As with many historical collections of artworks, there are certain works in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection that are culturally inappropriate in today’s context. This could include their subject matter, their mediums, or their institutional cataloguing and titles. The Artworks Renaming Initiative addresses these problematic pieces by giving new names to identified artworks with the assistance of Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, and language keepers. The Renaming project was an initiative that directly addressed the UNDRIP and tangibly incorporated Indigenous knowledge into the cannon of art history and the art institution. This renaming project is now complete but we anticipate similar and ongoing projects to arise as we work more closely with our collection.

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Julia Lafreniere

Head of Indigenous Initiatives

Winnipeg Art Galler - Qaumajuq

Marie-Anne Redhead

Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art

Winnipeg Art Galler - Qaumajuq

Julia Lafreniere (she/they) is an advocate for bridging cultural gaps and creating institutional understanding within colonial spaces. She carries the teachings of love, kindness and understanding that have been passed to her from knowledge keepers within the Indigenous community. Julia is Michif and Saulteaux and her family is from the Metis community of Camperville and the First Nations community of Pine Creek. Currently, Julia is the Head of Indigenous Initiatives at the Winnipeg Art Gallery where she has been professionally since 2019. Julia holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba and is completing a Masters in Developmental Practice degree, focusing on Indigenous development at the University of Winnipeg. Julia has extensive community involvement, having served in a volunteer capacity on local boards, student groups and within ceremonial spaces.

Marie-Anne Redhead is Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq. She is Ininiw and francophone, as well as an emerging curator, writer and member of Fox Lake Cree Nation. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at the University of Winnipeg with the intent to pursue an MA in the Cultural Studies program. Through her research and creative practice, she is interested in decolonial art forms, contemporary Indigenous art, futurisms, language, and relationship-based identities.


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