Michael Farnan, Lori Blondeau, & Adrian Stimson
Saturday, September 28th, 7-9pm
The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave
In partnership with Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2019.
Informed by discourses of reconciliation and decolonization, Michael Farnan’s work employs settler-based interventionist strategies aimed at challenging colonial legacies that continue to privilege settler history.
For Nuit Blanche, the Pilgrims of the Wild screening and Once Were Pilgrims performance will feature Farnan’s collaborative work with internationally renowned artists Lori Blondeau and Adrian Stimson. The three collaborators have developed a provocative exchange that takes on the appearance of a panel discussion.
Pilgrims of the Wild is supported by PAVED Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Michael Farnan / Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress
On view September 19 – October 19, 2019
Public Reception: Saturday, September 28th, 9:30 pm
PAVED Arts Main Gallery space
Farnan’s new project, Canoe Fight, looks at the symbolic history of the canoe and how it has been used as a metaphor for the Canadian national identity. Working mainly through camp humour (and some simulated violence), Farnan’s project explores Canada’s settlement history and uses performance, video, and studio-based works to disrupt the idea that the canoe was somehow a freely given gift to early settlers who then used it as means to “discover” the Canadian landscape.
Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.