#callresponse grunt gallery

Launching into the new year #callresponse presents the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and artists as central to the strength and healing of their communities. This multifaceted project brings together five site-specific new art commissions that invite collaboration with individuals, communities, lands and institutions. This socially engaged project focuses on the “act of doing” through performative actions, highlighting the responsibility of voice and necessity of communal dialogue practiced by Indigenous Peoples.

An online platform will utilize the hashtag #callresponse on social media and a dedicated project website will serve to connect the geographically diverse performance locations and to generate discussion. An exhibition will be held at grunt gallery in October 2016 with guest respondents, accompanying programming, and a catalogue. The project is led by Tarah Hogue (French/Dutch/Métis), Maria Hupfield (Anishinaabe) and Tania Willard (Secwepemc) and features five lead artists working in the following locations: Maria Hupfield in Toronto ON with MONOMYTHS, Progress Festival FADO and New York NY, Tania Willard in Secwepemc Territory BC and invited artists Christi Belcourt (Métis) with Isaac Murdoch, and Onaman Collective on the North Shore of Lake Huron ON, Ursula Johnson (Mi’kmaw) in Toronto ON with MONOMYTHS, Progress Festival FADO and Vancouver BC, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory (Inuk) in Iqaluit NU.

#callresponse is generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and is presented in partnership with grunt gallery and FADO Performance Art Centre.

For more info visit the preliminary website at:

http://www.callresponseart.ca

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