George Campana – Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University 2020
Title: George Campana Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
Mon - Sunday: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Reception: Friday, April 3, 7 pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 4, 3 - 5 pm
Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
When the question: “Why didn’t you say something before?” came to me, it inspired these visual statements. One image of twelve is represented here.
Within the context of Truth and Reconciliation, I maintain that attempts at Reconciliation will be inefficacious unless the Truth is known. These images may, in a small way, expose some of that Truth.
The ‘Circa’ reference swiftly moves us to include today. Many of the Truths represented occurred in our own lifetime. The last residential school was closed in 1996. The Pass System was used from the late 1800s to WWII. The Coerced or Forced Sterilization remains a prevalent practice. The relentless attacks on First Nations by all levels of Government and/or Corporations (mining/energy) delineate the existent acumen to reduce Indigenous presence. The theft of lands or assumption of rights over lands, persist. Perhaps the most alarming of all is the MMIW crisis. The removal/disposal of Indigenous Women is their key to appropriation of the land. Hence the shocking number of unsolved murdered and missing cases.
The exhibit content will address the question above, as to “Why not before”.