Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring - Catherine Dallaire
Building understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous worldviews is an important step toward peace and conciliation in the Canadian context. Creating space for indigenous wisdom to guide culture and policy is an integral part of building peace and justice.
Current Grebel Gallery exhibit, "Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring", artist Catherine Dallaire re-examines the original indigenous values in animals and plant life that are vilified by contemporary Western settler culture.
Catherine is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Anishinaabe art/culture with contemporary techniques and subjects. Catherine’s work aims to build and maintain a balanced relationship between her ancestry, and also call attention to our relations in the natural world.
New Fraktur - Meg Harder
Meg Harder is a Mennonite female artist working in the Haldimand Treaty Territory/Grand River Watershed. Her practice explores bioregional themes through a variety of media including works on paper, projection, installation, and social choreography.
Harder's recent work, New Fraktur, draws on the Mennonite tradition of fraktur art, a highly imaginative, densely detailed, and symbolic illuminated folk art practiced historically in the Waterloo Region. This work aims to carry forward the aesthetic sensibilities and fantastical elements of fraktur while expanding its visual vocabulary and narrative potential. This is achieved through the integration of appropriated archaic and highly abstracted symbols, pattern, and motifs found within Mennonite visual culture with newly imagined imagery that engages with contemporary themes and interests (e.g. bioregional and local culture, feminist and queer theory). These new works aim to disrupt problematic (e.g. colonial, Christian, and patriarchal) narratives, resist any ultimate interpretation, and create space to reimagine historical and future realities in the Grand River Watershed.
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission is free.
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