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The Aunties are Listening - Opening Reception

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
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The Aunties are Listening: Guest Curated by Tanya Harnett

Aunties are on the frontlines. They carry forward our complex history, the wisdom of survival and the fortitude to protect the future. Indigenous women play a central role in community. They are the nurturing sage and the matriarchs we look to for sound advice. The Aunties are Listening exhibition celebrates the resilience of women who have given way for change. The artists celebrated in this exhibition are Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Rosalie Favell, Faye HeavyShield, Jane Ash Poitras, Lauren I. Wuttunee and those men that honour women: George Littlechild, Kimowan Metchewais and Isaac Murdoch.

The artwork exhibited here comes from the former Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Society collection now housed at the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs – Canada’s Indian Art Centre. This collection was rescued by the artists included in this show. It is intended that this work will sleep until an Indigenous gallery is formed.

Photo Credit : Rosalie Favell, Iris (2011) on loan from the Indigenous Art Centre, Government of Canada