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Ursula Johnson, Artist-in-Residence

Ursula Johnson, the artist performing Elmiet 2010
Ursula Johnson, the artist performing Elmiet 2010

Ursula Johnson, the artist performing Elmiet 2010
photo: Krista Comeau
10 Jan 2012 – 17 Feb 2012

Organized by MSVU Art Gallery with support from HRM Cultural Affairs Pilot Program: Residency Initiative

From 9 January through 17 February, Miíkmaw artist Ursula Johnson will work in a studio space within the gallery, hosting basket-making workshops, open studio days and other events. As an activist, Johnson employs contemporary, theatrical and traditional Aboriginal practices to engage viewers in social situations. A skilled basket maker, she frequently combines basketry with performance and relational aesthetics. For example, in the performance Elmiet (2010, detail above), Johnsonís actions and basketry “scalp” headpiece reminded a crowd on the Grand Parade of the continued existence of the 1756 Scalping Proclamation in Nova Scotia legislation. In KeíPitemn (2008), she served tea and bannock to strangers in the North End, to reinforce a sense of community among persons of various backgrounds. With her most recent work, she interprets the “Urban Aboriginal.” Johnson has exhibited widely and participated in artistís residencies across Canada.

For more information, please call 902-457-6160 or visit www.msvuart.ca

Artist-in-Residence Programming

OPEN STUDIO DAYS
Ursula Johnson welcomes visitors to her studio during these times:
Saturday, 14 January, from 10am to 5pm
Tuesday, 17 January, from 10am to 5pm
Thursday, 9 February, from 10am to 5pm

BASKETRY WORKSHOPS
Free to attend. Please register by contacting 902-457-6160 art.gallery@msvu.ca
PART 1: Saturday, 28 January, from 10am to 5pm
PART 2: Saturday, 4 February, from 10am to 5pm

PUBLIC LECTURES
Thursday, 2 February, from 5:30-7:30pm: Ursula Johnson in conversation with artist/writer, Shirley Bear, C.M.
Saturday, 11 February, 1pm: Artistís Talk

CATALOGUING PARTY
Enjoy a drumming performance and refreshments at this end of residency celebration. The public is invited to view the pieces created during Johnsonís residency and assist in naming them using a Miíkmaq Nomenclature reference. The pieces will be catalogued and tagged for a future exhibition.
Saturday, 18 February, from 12 to 3pm

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