Curator Talk with William Kingfisher
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works: Conversations on the Curatorial Process
Join us on Friday June 10 at 7:30 pm to hear curator William Kingfisher discuss the exhibition Arthur Shilling: The Final Works – on at the Gallery from June 10 – September 25, 2016.
William Kingfisher has an MA from Carleton University and has taken a leave of absence from his Ph.D. work in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University to curate the Arthur Shilling: The Final Works exhibition.
He is an independent curator and artist and a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Reserve. Kingfisher’s curatorial and art practice is positioned in recent discussions of the relationship of art and the everyday world, traditional ecological knowledge, Indigenous methodology, and participatory art.
Two recent projects are: jiibiing: (where the water and the land meet), 2012, a visual art exhibition of traditional stories of the essential nature of clean water for life and maawnjiydiwag (a gathering of people), a site-specific performance and visual art project where the garden was used as a site to engage in traditional methods of food production in contemporary times.
In 2016 Kingfisher received a Chalmers Arts Fellowships Grant through the Ontario Arts Council to create two gardens and share his findings through a series of posters. The gardens will be a shared community space for learning about traditional plants, the gardening process, strengthening the local ecosystem, and the relationship between health and traditional foods.