Gallery 1C03 presents
Scott Benesiinaabandan (stephens)
January 20 - February 19, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, January 20 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Public artist talk: Friday, January 21 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Gallery 1C03 is proud to present unSacred, Scott Benesiinaabandan’s first solo exhibition. unSacred will include new and recent digital images and a single channel video installation that draw, in part, upon research the artist conducted while studying at The University of Winnipeg. unSacred explores liminality through an investigation of the Windigokaan, a contrary figure in traditional Anishinabe society.
Operating on the fringe of traditional Anishinabe culture, the Windigokaan represents the opposite of accepted norms. Benesiinaabandan contends that, like clowns or misfits in other cultures, Windigokaan use their backwardness to teach others and that their contrary nature represents a powerful symbol that has received little attention to date, both within and outside of Anishinabe society. His landscape studies suggest the imagined physical space from which contrariness might originate and his depictions of material manifestations of the Windigokaan will open discussion about this sacred society and the importance of deviant cultural figures. unSacred is co-presented as a satellite exhibition of Plug In ICA's Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, a large-scale exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world that serves as the banner project for
Scott Benesiinaabandan (stephens) is an emerging Anishinabe artist based in
Gallery 1C03 will produce a publication related to this exhibition featuring essays by Dr. Mark Ruml, Department of Religion and Culture at The University of Winnipeg, and Independent Curator Jaime Isaac. Expected date of release is Spring 2010.
Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 and Plug In ICA for this project. We are also grateful for the support of the Aboriginal Student Services Centre at The University of Winnipeg.