George Campana – Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University 2021
Title: George Campana Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University
Atrium, Level 1,
Enwayaang building, Peter Gzowski College
1 Gzowski Way
705-748-1011 ext 7610
Temporarily closed to the public as of September 10: Visiting the exhibit and the reception is subject to public health protocols and Trent protocols that are in place for visitors at that time. Currently: Masks will be mandatory and all permitted visitors will be required to do a screening before entering the building (www.trentu.ca/screen).
Temporarily closed to the public. Trent students, staff and faculty are welcome to visit the exhibit.
Reception and Artist Talk:
Friday, September 17th at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: In-person for Trent students, staff and faculty only: Registration is required click here to register (limited availability)
Gzowski College Atrium, Level 1, Enwayaang Building
Online: Livestreamed on Instagram Live with @gzowskicollege
Following the live event, the recorded video will be posted on the Peter Gzowski College Facebook page
Artist's Talk is hosted by Gzowski College and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.
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”.