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Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement curated by Maria HupfieldManitowapow, speaking to the moon, 2017

singing our bones home, 2013
Photo: William and Alexandra

Julie Nagam - Winnipeg, Metis / Canada

If you could speak to the watchful face of the moon, what would you say? In the wake of the current global climate crisis Nagam transmits warning beacons to signal and call out the state of today’s shifting environment. Complicity in contemporary issues and human mortality come to the forefront, recalling unclean drinking water, chemically-contaminated lakes, extractions of oil, metals, and gas, and the rapid melting of the polar ice caps.

Presented as an audio-visual installation of media-based sculptural domes made from harvested willow saplings, these half-moon geoforms radiate and pulse from inside First Canadian Place. Projected on the wigwam-informed structures are depictions of landscapes both in their natural environment and altered states of industry and destruction caused by human impact. Recordings of ambient outdoor sounds linked to the land compliment the sculptures, creating a 360-degree experience.

This installation expands Nagam's media explorations with domes and a mediated experience of the land.

Dr. Julie Nagam is the Chair of History of Indigenous Art in North America, a joint appointment with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is curating a Reconciliation Walk at The Forks in Winnipeg and developing an Indigenous mobile app for Winnipeg’s art, architectural and place-based history. Nagam has exhibited work nationally and internationally, with upcoming projects at the Winnipeg Arts Council and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

New Media Installation, Sculpture

Legend

Century of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre

First Canadian Place

100 King Street West (East Atrium - accessible from Bay Street)

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.