3:00 – 4:30pm (EST) Live on Zoom
Climate Relations: Indigenity in Activism, Art, and Digital Media
The Feminist Art Project’s Affiliated Society Session during the 2021 College Art Association Conference
Co-Chairs: Anne Swartz, Savannah College of Art and Design; Connie Tell, Independent Curator, The Feminist Art Project
Panelists: Maria Hupfield, University of Toronto; Regan De Loggans, Independent Historian and Curator; Jennifer Wemigwans, University of Toronto
Respondent: Mikinaak Migwans, University of Toronto
Free and open to the public. Registration required. Presented in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School.
This session will be a dialogue between three Native Scholars creating avant-garde work at the intersections of Activism, Art, Digital Media, and Indigenous climate relations, towards improving the quality of our lives. Artist Maria Hupfield (Anishinaabek, Wasauksing First Nation) and theorist Jennifer Wemigwans (Anishinaabek, Wikwemikong Unceded Territory) together with two-spirit curator, activist, and historian Regan De Loggans (Mississippi Choctaw / Ki’Che Maya) will discuss recent projects spanning Canada, Mexico, and the USA. Their work combats global, national economies’ structural violence based on resource extraction on the macro/state-level. Further, they oppose brutality against the body, specifically targeting women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming on the micro/civilian-level. Each prioritizes radical Indigenous ontologies in their respective work, using shared approaches, such as interrogate archives, star/land knowledge, accountability, and non-hierarchical ownership models based on collectivity and storytelling.
In this conversation, they will address that white suprematism destroys the environment. Together, they will demonstrate how digital modalities may protect and promote traditional forms of thought and introduce essential kinship bonds with the natural world and one another. Hupfield, Wemigwans, and De Loggans will discuss how the digital sphere enables connectivity towards reimagining today’s toxic mainstream relationships with the climate. In combination, their approaches ultimately form a cutting-edge futurity model.
Respondent Mikinaak Migwans is an Anishinaabe of Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Contemporary Art at the University of Toronto cross-appointment as a curator at the University of Toronto Art Museum. Migwans’ work focuses on museum objects as relatives and the place-making labor of customary art forms, focusing on natural fiber weaving traditions of the Great Lakes.
*This session is part of the 2021 Committee on Women in the Arts 50/50 Initiative. Maria Hupfield is a 2020-2022 Borderlands Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University.