Redress: Sacred Obligation – Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation was an exhibition developed at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC, that drew attention to experiences with Residential Schools and their legacy embodied in the work of 22 Indigenous artists.
The exhibition was comprised of work selected from an open call to artists from across BC as well as a selection of artworks made collaboratively between the co-curators that explored the experience and impact of residential schools. George Harris and Independent Indigenous curator Rose M. Spahan incorporated work by Mike Alexander, (Anishnaabe); Kristy Auger, (nêhiyaw [Plains Cree]); Crystal Behn-Dettieh, (Dene/ Carrier); Margaret Briere, (Coast Salish); Liz Carter, (Kwakwaka’wakw); Lee Claremont, (Mohawk, Six Nations); Joane Cardinal-Schubert, (Blackfoot, Kainai); Waabi Makoohns- James Darin Corbiere, (Anishinaabe); Emily Dundas Oke (Cree/ Métis/ Scottish); TEMOSEN- Charles Elliot, (T’sartlip); Karen Erickson, (Métis/ Cree); Pat Gauthier (Secwepmec [Shuswap]); Monique Hurteau, (Muskowekwan/ Cree/ Ojibway/ Métis); Carla Joseph (Métis/ Cree); Keith Kerrigan (Haida); lessLIE, (Coast Salish); Lou-ann Neel, (Kwakwaka’wakw); Carey Newman, (Kwakwaka’wakw/ Coast Salish/ English/ Irish/ Scottish); Jennifer Annaïs Pighin, (Lheidli T’enneh/ Wet’suwet’en/ French Canadian/ Italian); Lenard Paquette (Cree/ Métis); Patricia June Vickers, (Ts’msyen); Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, (Coast Salish/ Okanagan). The result was an exhibition that demonstrated excellence, diversity and innovation among a diverse group of artists while keeping a pointed focus on the experience and impact of residential schools. Redress incorporated installation work, video, sculpture, carving, painting, beadwork, button blankets, performance, conceptual and digital art.
“Redress: Sacred Obligation – Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation” exhibition visitors in front of Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s “The Lesson”
A logistically complex exhibition, Redress: Sacred Obligation was remarkable for the diversity of artwork and viewpoints presented through it. The exhibition embodied respect for the artists in the exhibition and the friends and family members whose stories were shared, as well as a concern for the visitor. By drawing on the knowledge and expertise of Rose M Spahan, an Independent Indigenous curator and co-curator of this exhibition, and by emphasizing Individual artists’ voices rather than an institutional narrative, Two Rivers Gallery ensured that a broad range of voices from Indigenous communities across the country were prioritized and heard.