Current Exhibitions


Buy One Get None: Conformity, Consumerism and the Collective Voice
Young Contemporaries Exhibition

The Great Hall
March 5, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Curated by David Seymour, Student Representative - University of the Fraser Valley

The Silence of the Individual/The Voice of the Collective As young people, our individuality is often suppressed by corporate juggernauts who exploit our humanity. In today’s capitalist economy, consumerism prevails and demands our indentured allegiance. Oftentimes, its effects are pernicious, both to our social body and to our own spiritual well-being. As individuals, we often feel insignificant. We feel futile to such pervasive higher powers and, in response, often resort to resignation and to silence. As a collective group, we feel empowered. When we respond as interlocutors and participate in the collective conversation, we can challenge consumerism’s call for conformity. Our voice has the potential to resonate deeply in both our own lives and within the larger fabric of society. This exhibition aims to bring light to the struggle between our propensity towards silence as individuals and the desire for a collective voice in response to the deafening din of consumer culture.

Fauna Crowned
Lorena Krause

The Grotto
March 5, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Lorena Krause, Fauna Crowned VII, mixed media, 36cm x 52.5cms

An updated viewers’ portraiture shown through a neosurreal pictorial interpretation of our irremediable state of external and inner interdependence with history and nature.

With the perception and assimilation of European influences, pre-Hispanic culture and the surrounding ecological world; female figures represent a new way to relate and coexist with nature, where fauna becomes the most appreciated living jewel.


100 Years of Loss - The Residential School System in Canada

The Lobby
January 10, 2015 - April 19, 2015

For over a century, beginning in the mid-1800s and continuing into the mid-1990s, Aboriginal children in Canada were taken from their homes and communities and placed in institutions called residential schools. These schools were run by religious orders in collaboration with the federal government and were attended by children as young as four or five years of age. Separated from their families and prohibited from speaking their native languages and practicing their culture, the vast majority of the over 150,000 children that attended these schools experienced neglect and suffering. The impacts of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, shame, and deprivation endured at Indian Residential Schools continue to affect generations of Survivors, their families, and communities today. Remarkably, in the face of this tremendous adversity, many Survivors and their descendants have retained their language and their culture and continue to work toward healing and reconciliation.

100 Years of Loss is one of three exhibitions developed by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a national, charitable Aboriginal organization whose purpose is to educate and create awareness and understanding about the legacy of residential schools, including the intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and continue to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. The exhibition serves an important role in educating about the complex histories and creating a space for people to share and heal.


Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala
Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel, Jean-Marie Simon

The Great Hall
January 22, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Organized and circulated by Textile Museum of Canada and Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy

Detailed Photo: Jill Kitchener

Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Whether worn for religious ceremonies or as an emblem of ethnic pride, textiles offer a medium for innovation and creative expression, as well as a marketable product for the tourist industry. Through an array of textiles patterned with evocative designs rich in iconography, Ancestry and Artistry traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation.

Integrated into the exhibition is the work of contemporary artists Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel, and photo-journalist Jean-Marie Simon.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by Roxane Shaughnessy, James C. Langley, Rosario Miralbés de Polanco, Ann Pollard Rowe, Donna E. Stewart, and Mary Anne Wise.


Decolonize Me

Sonny Assu (Laich-kwil-tach [Kwakwaka'wakw] | Vancouver)
Jordan Bennett (Mi'kmaq | Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland)
Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Métis / Cree | Toronto)
Nigit'stil Norbert (Gwich'in | Yellowknife)
Barry Pottle (Inuit | Nunatsiavut, Labrador)
Bear Witness (Cayuga | Ottawa)
Heather Igloliorte (Inuit | Nunatsiavut, Labrador)

The Great Hall
January 22, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Organized and circulated by The Ottawa Art Gallery

Nigit'stil Norbert, Representation (detail / détail), 2011, stop motion video, courtesy of the artist

Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada's long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock's film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super Size Me (2004), the exhibition's title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics. In the context of the recent efforts of many Indigenous communities to assert their sovereignty and right to self-determination, the artists in this exhibition explore the issues and outcomes of both colonization and decolonization while exposing how these processes have impacted Aboriginal and settler Canadian identity, both individual and collective.

Exhibition organized by the Ottawa Art Gallery / Exposition organisée par la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

Funded by l Projet financé par :

Ontario Arts Council | Conseil des arts de l’Ontario
The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario | Le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario relève du gouvernement de l’Ontario.

 Royal Bank of Canada | Banque Royale du Canada