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Art Now: Suzanne Morrissette

Date & Time:
November 3, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location:
Gallery Hall, TFDL
Speaker:
Suzanne Morrisette

Art Now: Visiting Artist & Scholar Series

Suzanne Morrisette: Reconsidering Historical Narratives through Research-Creation Practices

Perceptions of the ways that people are situated in space and the writing of history go hand in hand; as social constructions, conceptions of space inform the ways that people are mapped into a historical record, which binds representation, in written text or in art, to the values of its surveyors. This lecture will explore the cultivation and sharing of place-based knowledge in art as a practice of un-mapping narratives based in fixed or universalizing ideas of history that continue to constrain Indigenous peoples’ experiences today. Morrissette will trace these ideas through a selection of her recent research-creation projects, including artworks and curated exhibitions.

Suzanne Morrissette is a Cree-Metis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She is a PhD Candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University where her research considers the productive influence of contemporary Indigenous artists’ practices upon public misconceptions of Indigenous political knowledge. Morrissette currently works as Lecturer, Indigenous Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.