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Anishinaabe-Algonquin land – April, 2024

Announced in early March, Debaser and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) have partnered to create opportunities for two emerging Indigenous curators to present programming as part of Pique, a multidisciplinary festival series produced by Debaser that takes place seasonally in Ottawa. 

Eva Grant – Photo Credit: Berkley Vopnfjörð, 2022

Following a national call for submissions, Harley Wegner (Red River Métis) and Eva Grant (Interior Salish) have been selected to curate exhibitions for the Pique summer and fall editions on June 8 and September 28, 2024, respectively. The curators will also present a critical discourse related their curatorial projects, which will be published by the ICCA later this year.

Harley Wegner (they/them) is a Métis Two-Spirt theatre artist and producer based on unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory creating art that embraces Wahkohtowin while exploring queer and trans eroticism, leftist politics, camp, intimacy, and all things strange. Eva Grant (they/them/she/her) is a Francophone, Indigenous-Eurasian artist and programmer based on Vancouver Island. A graduate of Stanford University and a Sundance Lab Fellow, Eva is interested in land-based, time-bending works. Varied in their artistic practices and interests, the projects by Wegner and Grant will both explore Indigenous cultural resilience and decolonized desire through immersive site-responsive interventions. Wegner’s project will use performance, audio/visual media and textile to explore the erotic, Western colonial religion and Indigenous spirituality. Grant’s audio-immersive installation will rework space and time to explore reciprocal relationships with more-than-human kin. 

More details will be announced by Debaser approaching the date of each exhibition. Visit thisispique.com or subscribe to Debaser’s newsletter to stay informed on project updates. For more information and resources on the ICCA, please visit icca.art

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Indigenous Curatorial Collective

Activating Indigenous Creative Sovereignty

The Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) is an Indigenous run and led non-profit organization that aims to support and connect fellow Indigenous curators, artists, writers, academics, and professionals through various methods of gathering. The ICCA engages in critical discourses, increases professional opportunities for our members, develops programming, and most importantly works to build reciprocal relationships with Indigenous curators, artists, communities and the institutions we engage with.

Address: 264 – 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Email: info@icca.art

Vision

The ICCA activates Indigenous creative sovereignty, ensuring future ancestors have agency over their own cultures as an Inherent Right.

Mission

Advocates, Activates, and Engages

The ICCA is an Indigenous arts organization that advocates, activates, and engages on behalf of Canadian and international Indigenous curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations.

Develops and Programs

The ICCA develops and programs curatorial projects, researches Indigenous practices and educates through critical discourses on Indigenous arts and cultures.

Builds Relationships

The ICCA builds relationships for Indigenous artists and curators by supporting equitable collaboration and exchange within larger arts communities.

Increases Opportunities

The ICCA focuses on increasing opportunities for Indigenous artists and curators within established arts institutions and champions the development of new Indigenous-controlled arts spaces.

Collaborate, Challenge and Engage

The ICCA collaborates, challenges, and engages in critical discourse, always viewing the arts through a contemporary Indigenous lens.

Staff

Liz Barron, Executive Director of Operations
Eli Hirtle, Director of Programming

Board

Reuben Friend, Co-Chair

Lori Beavis, Treasurer
Maia Nuku, Secretary
Krista Zawadski
Leah Johnson

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