One thousand One hundred & eighty One
A new performance by Rebecca Belmore
Curated by Wanda Nanibush
Experience a new performance by Rebecca Belmore in conjunction with her exhibition KWE at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the public installation X. This all-day durational performance is expected to peak at 8pm and end at approximately 9pm.
Witness Belmore’s live performance marked by One thousand One hundred & eighty One nails hammered until exhausted completion. The punishing action creates out of a sense of solidarity, duty, intimacy, mourning, and recognition. Each nail stands in for one Indigenous women who has been murdered or gone missing. The large statistic, as cited in the latest RCMP report, drowns out the uniqueness of each woman and the value of her life. In Belmore’s hands justice and dignity take physical form inside an old tree given new life.
When: Fri., May 23, 8 pm
Where: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Rebecca Belmore is an Anishinaabe multi-disciplinary artist born in Upsala, Ontario, currently living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has an honorary PhD from OCAD University in Toronto and is internationally recognized not only for her performance works but also installation, photography, video and sculpture. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was Canada’s official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award (2004), the Hnatyshyn Visual Arts Award (2009), and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2013). Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and many others.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, community animator, arts consultant, and political writer. She is currently completing a two-year curatorial residency at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and was named the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto. Nanibush has worked with Belmore on numerous site specific performances and exhibitions, including Mapping Resistances (Peterborough, 2010), House of Wayward Spirits (Toronto, 2012), and Sovereign Acts (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, 2012).
One thousand One hundred & eighty One is presented as part of the exhibition KWE: Photography, sculpture, video, and performance by Rebecca Belmore at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.
Sponsored by the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
KWE is co-presented by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.