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“The Teaching is in the Making”: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg
November 14, 2016 - January 22, 2017
Gallery 2 – “The Teaching is in the Making”: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg
Exhibit Opening with Artist Talk
6:00 pm Monday, November 21, 2016
The Art Gallery of Sudbury presents “The Teaching is in the Making”: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg by Anishnawbekwe artists Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall.
Jingle dresses [healing/story dresses], photography and beaded medallions have a contemporary twist on the traditional forms. However, the process of listening, learning and teaching remains the same. Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall collaborate to present an exhibition focusing on learning, storytelling and healing. Zaagiwidin is an Anishnaabe word meaning love and kindness. Zaagiwidin brought Leanna and Celeste together to collaborate and present an exhibition blending traditional Indigenous craft with contemporary art practises.
Celeste and Leanna acknowledge, “the works embody stories and ideas that artist…in both the making and experience these art pieces, we enter a space of imagination and healing where we can visit with our ancestors, listen to their stories, and carry out our responsibilities to contribute to our own story…through art, leaving our own trace for future generations.”
Leanna Marshall was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a band member with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario. Leanna currently works as a post-secondary Aboriginal counselor in Thunder Bay where she is also a community activist committed to projects that explore the role of art in healing and combating colonial violence.
Celeste Pedri-Spade is an Anishinabekwe from northwestern Ontario (Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation). She is a member of the Bear Clan and embraces a number of roles and responsibilities as a mother, wife, educator (faculty member at Laurentian University), and research-based artist, working primarily with textiles and photography. She identifies as a “mark maker” whose work is grounded in her relationship with family, community, land, and spirituality. Her primary interest is the role of Indigenous art in decolonization, including processes of remembrance, resistance, and survivance.
The exhibition will be on display at the Art Gallery of Sudbury from October 26, 2016 – January 22, 2017. The exhibition was presented at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery earlier this year and was curated by Nadia Kurd.