A planned performance tonight at the Thames Art Gallery is being modified due to COVID.
Organizers say the live choral performance planned for the night will be rescheduled as the main singer tested positive for COVID-19.
There will still be an artist’s talk.
Bonnie Devine, winner of a 2021 Governor General Award, has her exhibit – La Rábida, Soul of Conquest: An Anishinaabe Encounter – is now on display at the Thames Art Gallery. The opening reception will take place tonight.
The artist talk will go on, but the performance by composer David DeLeary, originally from Walpole Island, is rescheduled.
This exhibition comes at a pivotal time when public and government attention is focused on the Truth and Reconciliation process. Devine’s work in La Rábida draws on a repository of historic documents, monuments, and texts that report the violence and injustice of colonialism.
The practice of truth telling is not new – some of the accounts cited in Devine’s exhibition date from as early as the era of initial contact. That these accounts are publicly accessible, yet largely ignored in dominant historical narratives reveals how easily power structures are maintained. Devine presents these documents with a stark honesty that lays bare the ongoing insidious effects of colonization.
Two other exhibitions accompany the work of this nationally renowned artist. Local artist Darla Fisher-Odjig presents her latest series of paintings and sculptures with Beneath the Mask; and Lay of the Land fills the Mezzanine with a selection of historical landscape paintings from the permanent collection.