“Maria Hupfield is a maker, a mover, a connector, an Anishinaabe-kwe of Wasauksing First Nation. Like the artist herself, Hupfield’s work is never static. Her performances, sculptures and installations reference different spans and scales of times. The projects specifically reflect her resistance to the Western tendency to essentialize Native artists and treat them as interchangeable producers of exotic cultural experiences. She values expansive exchange over isolation, and inclusion over hierarchy.” – Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Art in America, October 2017
Based in Toronto Ontario Canada I am an Anishinaabek citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. My solo Nine Years Towards the Sun, Curator Erin Joyce, introduces a range of display strategies for performance art and related creations, and opened the 90th Anniversary of The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (2019-2020). My first major traveling institutional solo exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving, a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto was in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. The show included a monograph with essays by Richard W. Hill, Crystal Migwans and a conversation with New York based Artist, Andrea Geyer. This show builds on previous work in industrial felt, tin jingles, video, and performance included in Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop, combined with new wooden display structures first introduced in Wider Than a Line, SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe (2016).
Currently I am in residence with Native Art Department International at Bard Graduate Center for the duration of the exhibition Story Box. Together with artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International based out of China Town New York, a project focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside international artists. I am an active member of the Indigenous Womxn Collective in New York, and also sing with Nishnaabekwewag Negamonid a three-member Anishinaabe women’s hand drumming group based in Brooklyn, committed to language and cultural revitalization, using song to disrupt colonial spaces and speak to prior, persisting Indigenous presences. The group was born as part of an Anti-Columbus Day action in the American Museum of Natural History in 2016.
Like my settler accomplice father and late mother I am an advocate of Anishinaabek Womanism, Indigenous Feminisms, with demonstrated commitment to critical accountability and awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
The work on this website represents a selection of recent projects and activities for more information on my work contact me at email: MariaHupfield@gmail.com
My work is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal Quebec Canada.
Artist profile video by Dylan Mclaughlin: https://vimeo.com/113761812
Interview on my work in performance with NO More Potlucks: http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/close-encounters-of-a-third-kind-an-interview-with-maria-hupfield-andrea-zeffiro/