Depth of Field

January 2022 - April 2022

Bringing together works from Wanuskewin’s permanent collection and the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection, Depth of Field considers cultural identity seen through an Indigenous lens, featuring works from artists Joi Arcand, Lori Blondeau, Mary Longman, Jane Ash Poitras, and Jeff Thomas. The subjects and sitters in these artworks speak to a future generation by subverting the colonial gaze, taking back Indigenous autonomy and therefore rejecting the historical cannon that has been clouded by photogenic images of Indigenous assimilation. Showing the lived reality of Indigenous peoples, these images fight back from the usual colonial visual tropes, demonstrating the immense resistance and resilience through these stories of survival.

Co-curated by Olivia Kristoff and Leah Taylor as part of the U of S, Remai Modern, and Wanuskewin’s continued partnership.