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Ruth Cuthand: Back Talk (works 1983-2009)
14 Jan 2012 – 11 Mar 2012
Ruth Cuthand, Small Pox 2009
beads and acrylic on suedeboard
61.0 x 45.7cm
photo courtesy of the artist
The exhibition includes more than 30 drawings, paintings, beadworks and video by Saskatchewan Cree artist Ruth Cuthand. The superimposition of text on image is a hallmark of her work, in which rudimentary stenciling parodies notions of ‘Indians’ as unlearned and speaks simply to white audiences who just can’t seem to ‘get it.’ Combining political invective, humour and deliberate stylistic crudeness, Cuthand exposes the inequities that have plagued for centuries Canada’s relationship with its First Peoples, while proudly claiming her complex and self-determined aboriginal identity.
This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Saskatchewan Arts Board Culture on the Go program and a grant from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.
ARTIST’S TALK AND RECEPTION Ruth Cuthand discusses her work on Sunday, 12 February, from 2 to 4pm.
*A free chartered bus will leave the parking lot of the Sobey’s on Windsor and North at 1:15pm, and will depart MSVU Art Gallery at 4:15pm. *
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