Curator’s Torr + Couzyn Van Heuvelen Artist Talk


Art Gallery of Mississauga

300 City Centre Drive 1st Floor
Mississauga, Ontario

Join us for a special double-bill art event on Saturday, March 10! Rheanne Chartrand, guest-curator of niigaanikwewag, will give an exhibition tour beginning at 1 PM. Following the tour, artist Couzyn van Heuvelen will discuss his studio process as featured in Casting Hooks.

 niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists: Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Annie Pootoogook, Rolande Souliere, and Olivia Whetung.

Indigenous female artists, much like their non-Indigenous sisters in the larger art world, have historically stood in the shadow of their male counterparts in terms of recognition and accolade for their work, despite having produced equally substantial, critical, and provocative bodies of work. niigaanikwewag, which means "leader women" or "they who lead" (feminine, plural) in Anishinaabemowin, positions the female artists included in this curatorial project as leaders within Indigenous art.

Casting Hooks, in the AGM’s XIT-RM showcases the work and creative process of Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen in collaboration with Sheridan College and presents a behind-the-scenes look at the months-long development and collaborative process and production of the large-scale sculptural works of Nitsiit, on view in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan's Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga until April 27, 2018.

Van Heuvelen was chosen to create Sheridan's Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year. His project, Nitsiit, an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production were created in Sheridan's studios using a variety of fabrication processes.

The XIT-RM is a project space showcasing emerging artists in the Mississauga, GTA and 905 regions.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.

Image, left to right: Caroline Monnet, Creatura Dada, 2016, digital still, (detail). Courtesy of the artist; Couzyn van Heuvelen, Nitsiit (in progress work for Temporary Contemporary at Sheridan College studio) Fall 2017. Photo: Sadaf Zuberi.


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