Solidarity Acknowledgement Banner (acrylic paint on cotton fabric, 24’x4′) 2017 will greet visitors at Koerner Hall, Day 1 for the Creative Time Summit Toronto.
“The Solidarity Acknowledgment Banner created during the Summer Indigenous Intensive, UBCO 2017, looks at the language and symbols of land and territorial acknowledgement with respect to place based Indigenous Knowledge and Anishinaabe Intelligence. This work combines conceptual text based art with concrete poetry. Presented as a continuous uninterrupted presence against the window perimeter of Koerner Hall, the work prompts engagement with what it means to act in awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples. Rather than restate a literal local acknowledgment, Maria Hupfield points to the reciprocal nature of critical accountability to Indigenous Nations leading the movement for resurgence, decolonization, and reclamation of their homelands in North America. The work emphasizes the importance of building radical solidarity among Indigenous peoples, settlers, and people of colour. As is the case with much of Hupfield’s work, the banner is to be activated during a live performance at a future date.”
In Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice
Day two of the 10th Creative Time Summit, Of Homelands and Revolution in Toronto Breakout Sessions at The Art Gallery of Ontario
Saturday, September 30 at 1:30pm
Co-conspirators Siku Allooloo and Jaskiran Dhillon in discussion with Maria Hupfield will talk about their motivations behind the commissioned project In Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice, curated by Hupfield for Life On Neebahgeezis ; A Luminous Engagement, Many Possible Futures, Nuit Blanche 2017 City of Toronto. For this project Allooloo and Dhillon consider what it means to act in awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples – a step toward becoming a politicized accomplice – as opposed to the term ‘ally’ which often projects the illusion of change while simultaneously reproducing colonial power dynamics of the status quo.
Artist Biography Siku Allooloo and Jaskiran Dhillon – Accomplices in indigenous solidarity, youth and the environment; Allooloo is Inuit/Taino, a Writer, environmental activist and Community Organizer from Denendeh, Northwest Territories. Dhillon is a first generation academic and advocate who grew up on Treaty Six Cree/Métis Territory in Saskatchewan and is a Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology, The New School New York. Her first book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention, is published by University of Toronto Press.
ABOUT OF HOMELANDS AND REVOLUTION
The 10th Creative Time Summit, Of Homelands and Revolution will take place in Toronto, Canada from September 28th – 30th, 2017, co-produced with The Power Plant and in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Of Homelands and Revolution explores the concept of ‘home’ in its intimate and immense dimensions: we consider urgent struggles for sovereign homelands, the violent borders that produce exile, displacement, and refugeeism, and the threats of virulent nationalism(s). At the same time we keep in sight ‘home’s’ relation to the heart, and the everyday and extraordinary realms of domestic life and hospitality. Our consideration of ‘revolution,’ the Summit’s second thematic axis, takes as its point of departure the Centennial of the Russian Revolution. While certainly the legacy of this historic moment can be contested, the Bolshevik Revolution was a remarkable event that, in the words of Trotsky, one of its principal architects, allowed for the “direct interference of the masses in historic events.” 100 years later we look back at the Marxist tradition and at the many forms of radical sociality, aesthetics and anti-capitalist organizing that it has inspired, particularly in light of the resurgence of neoliberalism and the global turn to the right today.
The first day of the Summit will feature dynamic talks and presentations from an international roster of artists and activists to a live audience of over 1000 at Koerner Hall. The following day there is opportunity for further engagement via roundtables and breakout sessions at the AGO led by day-one speakers and Toronto area artists and organizers who were invited to participate or selected via an open call.
The Creative Time Summit “Of Homelands and Revolution” is curated by Nato Thompson, Sally Szwed, Gaëtane Verna, and Josh Heuman.
Thursday, September 28
Kick-Off Party at The Power Plant
Friday, September 29
Presentations at Koerner Hall
Saturday, September 30
Breakout Sessions at The Art Gallery of Ontario
Nuit Blanche Toronto: “A Monument to 100 Years of Revolution” at Nathan Phillips Square
DAY ONE PARTICIPANTS (LIST IN FORMATION)
ELIZABETH MPOFU – ELVIRA DYANGANI OSE – MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS – NABIL AL-RAEE – POSTCOMMODITY – SRECKO HORVAT – SYLVIA MCADAM – SYRUS MARCUS WARE – TINGS CHAK – VASIF KORTUN – WANDA NANIBUSH – GAYTARI SPIVAK (KEYNOTE) – WINONA LADUKE (KEYNOTE) – ALLORA AND CALZADILLA – BOUCHRA KHALILI – CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER – CAROLE CONDÉ AND KARL BEVERIDGE – CHTO DELAT – CRACK RODRIGUEZ – DR. HUHANA SMITH
The second day of the Summit, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, features over 30 conversations, workshops, and interactive walks held at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sessions were selected via an open call to the Greater Toronto Area and Summit advisors. Sessions to be led by:
Ala’ Al-Thibeh and Zahra Komeylian; Alexa Hatanaka, Patrick Thompson, and Parr Josephee; Amy Wong (Angry Asian Feminist Gang); Ana Serrano, Victor Willis, Heather Mathis, Douglas Rushkoff, and Justin Stephenson; Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Camille Turner, and Leah Snyder; Chris Cavanagh; Emelie Chhangur; Golboo Amani; Henry Heng Lu, Morris Lum, Shellie Zhang, and Alvis Parsley; Honor Ford-Smith, Andil Gosine, and Lisa Myers; Jon Olbey and Dr. Bryant Greenbaum; MICE MAGAZINE; Maria Hupfield, Siku Allooloo, and Jaskiran Dhillon; Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Yaniya Lee, Chiedza Pasipanodya, and Genevieve Wallen (We Curate, We Critique Collective); Pamila Matharu and Lisa Deanne Smith; Phillip Dwight Morgan; Public Studio; Saada El-Akhrass, Eliza Chandler, Lindsay Fisher, Kim Fullerton, Katie McMillan, and Anne Zbitnew; South Asian Visual Arts Centre; The Feminist Art Museum (Xenia Benivolski & Su-Ying Lee) presenting Christine Migwans; Wael Shawky; Whippersnapper Gallery; Woodlands Cultural Centre; and more.