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Stories of Place, Location, and Knowledge Criticism Thesis

Morrissette, Suzanne (2011) Stories of Place, Location, and Knowledge Criticism Thesis. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Morrissette, Suzanne

This thesis undertakes an interpretation of two exhibitions of Aboriginal art, Writing Home and RESERVE(d), both of which took place at Urban Shaman Gallery: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg during 2010. Writing Home, curated by Faye Heavyshield, is a solo exhibition of Bonnie Devine’s visual representations depicting conversations between people and place at Serpent River First Nation. I argue that Devine's works position the reserve as a place that is animated by personal narratives and inscribed by history and memory in the land. RESERVE(d) is a collaborative exhibition by Kevin Lee Burton and Caroline Monnet. Through the installation of large format photography, sculptural works on Plexiglas, video projections, and ambient audio, RESERVE(d) re-creates a physical place—the reserve—in the context of another physical place—the gallery. I argue that Burton and Monet's installation serves to collapse linear and cartographic conceptions of time and location into speculative sites for imagining the mechanisms of generational and place-based Indigenous knowledge.

Date: 2011
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 00:22
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 00:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/201

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