indigenous-contemporary-art

Ossie Michelin | Mi'kmaq Woman. 2013

Michelin’s photo of a Mi'kmaq woman praying during the 2013 fight against fracking in New Brunswick became iconic and is now part is part an exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Mi'kmaq Woman captures Amanda Polchies kneeling in front of a line of police while holding an eagle feather. Polchies was one of the many Indigenous peoples from across Atlantic Canada that came out to protest the fracking happening in 2013.

Jimmie Durham | Self Portrait. 1986

Durham can be seen exploring the problematic notion of the “Indian” in his piece ‘Self Portrait’. Asking the audience who decides your identity and where does Indigenous agency come from in a world that only wants an ‘Imaginary Indian’.