stories of place, location, and knowledge

My master's thesis involved an interpretation of two exhibitions, Writing Home and RESERVE(d), both of which took place at Urban Shaman Gallery: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg during 2010. Writing Home, curated by Faye Heavyshield, was a solo exhibition of Bonnie Devine’s visual representations depicting conversations between people and place at Serpent River First Nation. In the thesis I argue that Devine's works position the reserve as a place that is animated by personal narratives and inscribed by history and memory in the land. RESERVE(d) is a collaborative exhibition by Kevin Lee Burton and Caroline Monnet. Through the installation of large format photography, sculptural works on Plexiglas, video projections, and ambient audio, RESERVE(d) re-creates a physical place—the reserve—in the context of another physical place—the gallery. I argue that Burton and Monet's installation serves to collapse linear and cartographic conceptions of time and location into speculative sites for imagining the mechanisms of generational and place-based Indigenous knowledge.
These drawings were included in the thesis as a form of analytical response through visual text. 
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, To Serpent River, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, To Serpent River, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, Place?, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, Place?, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, Cousins, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Suzanne Morrissette, 2011, Cousins, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5".