WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS

Dylan Miner

May 13 - Jun 30, 2016

Opening: May 13, 7-10 pm

Please join Artspace on Friday May 13, 2016 from 7 - 10pm for the opening of Dylan Miner's new project, WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS. The artist will be present and, in conjunction with members of the community, will offer a small feast of locally harvested fish and wild rice to those in attendance.

About WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS

In 1906, artist Dylan Miner’s gichi-aanikoobijigan (grandfather’s grandfather) was arrested for poaching waawaashkeshiwi-wiiyaas (deer meat/venison) in Ontario’s Georgian Bay territory. Miner learned of this story when he uncovered records in the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario several years. Subsequently, Miner had a conversation with his grandfather’s cousin who remembered stories of the arrest. In WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS Miner reclaims this story along with his gichi-aanikoobijigan’s right to subsistence hunting. The project will unfold in three phases over the next twelve months as Miner maps, reclaims, and re-asserts his gichi-aanikoobijigan’s traditional rights, while the larger project functions as an active subversion of Canada’s colonial history.

For the first phase of WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS, Miner will create a conceptual map of the one hundred years between his gichi-aanikoobijigan’s arrest and the present day. Utilizing silkscreen prints and sculptural installation Miner invites members of the community to engage with his familial history and, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the status of Metis and non-status Indians, also consider Indigenous sovereignty within an historical and contemporary context.

Then, in the autumn Miner will return to Georgian Bay – the territory where his gichi-aanikoobijigan was arrested - with the intention of harvesting waawaashkeshiwi-wiiyaas.

The third phase and culmination of WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS will see Miner return to Artspace approximately one year after the commencement of the project. Miner will present documentation of his excursion to the Georgian Bay region that will include video, works on paper, as well as the launch of a risograph- print publication. If Miner is successful in his harvesting excursion the previous fall, the artist will share the waawaashkeshiwi-wiiyaas with gallery visitors as a way of establishing and engaging connections between individuals and communities across borders. Through this ongoing project, Miner engenders many complex questions about sport versus subsistence hunting, Indigenous sovereignties, systems of surveillance, and settler-colonial policing.

About Dylan

Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions and has been artist-in-residence or visiting artist at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy (Bloomsbury, expected 2016) and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn).

Opening: May 13, 7-10 pm

Please join Artspace on Friday May 13, 2016 from 7 - 10pm for the opening of Dylan Miner's new project, WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS. The artist will be present and, in conjunction with members of the community, will offer a small feast of locally harvested fish and wild rice to those in attendance.