Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years

  • Main Exhibition Site

    109 Pacific Ave

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    Plug In ICA

    460 Portage Ave

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    Winnipeg Art Gallery

    300 Memorial Ave

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    Manitoba Hydro Place

    360 Portage Ave

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    Manitoba Museum

    190 Rupert Ave


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  • Organized by Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Gallery 1C03, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, North End Arts Centre and Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

    Curatorial Collective: Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western.

    The world is at a crossroads. Now is the moment to reconfigure our notions of time to reveal alternative ways of thinking and being for the future. In Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, Indigenous artists imagine the future within the context of present experiences and past histories. By radically reconsidering encounter narratives between native and non-native people, Indigenous prophecies, possible utopias and apocalypses, this exhibition proposes intriguing possibilities for the next 500 years. “We all in different measure have carved out the future,” observes Hopi photographer and filmmaker Victor Masayesva in his book Husk of Time. “We are all clairvoyants, soothsayers, prophets, knowingly assuming our predictions.”

    Close Encounters brings together over 30 Indigenous artists from across Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including newly commissioned work from Rebecca Belmore, Faye HeavyShield, Kent Monkman and Edward Poitras. Jimmie Durham’s long-term sculptural work Pole to Mark the Centre of the World (at Winnipeg) challenges widely held ideas surrounding space and location, while James Luna’s poignant installation Spirits of Virtue and Evil Await My Ascension addresses issues of ritual and the passing of time. Close Encounters showcases artists and artworks that collectively invent provocative futures from a diversity of perspectives and practices.

    With its myriad histories, trajectories, tensions, collisions, and selfimage(s), the city of Winnipeg offers an intriguing juxtaposition for these artistic mediations. Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years presents international Indigenous perspectives in a city that in many ways also epitomizes the future of Aboriginal people in Canada. Works in multiple venues throughout the city will serve as catalysts to invent different ways of thinking, acting, and being in the world of our shared future. At this pivotal moment in time, Close Encounters invites engagement with the speculative, the prophetic and the unknown.

    Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years International Exhibition Of Contemporary Indigenous Art

  • List of Works


    KC Adams

    Circuit City II, 2007, 51 cm x 51 cm, digital inkjet print on paper, proof

    Circuit City III, 2007, 51 cm x 51 cm, digital inkjet print on paper, proof

    Circuit City V, 2007, 51 cm x 51 cm, digital inkjet print on paper, proof

    Circuit City VI, 2007, 51 cm x 51 cm, digital inkjet print on paper, proof

    Circuit City IX, 2007, 51 cm x 51 cm, digital inkjet print on paper, proof

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Maria Thereza Alves

    Iracema (de Questembert), 2009, 27 minutes, beta SP video on DVD

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Shuvinai Ashoona

    Untitled (Chapel), 2004, 66 cm x 51 cm, felt pen, coloured pencil on paper

    Untitled (Rock Lines with Animal Forms), 2003, 51 cm x 66 cm, felt pen, coloured pencil on paper

    Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Acquired with funds from the Winnipeg Rh Foundation Inc.

    Mary Anne Barkhouse

    The Four Horses of the Apocalypse and the Donkey of Eternal Salvation, 2008 dimensions variable mixed media installation

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Michael Belmore

    Smoulder, 2010–2011, 96 cm x 103 cm x 13cm, carved stone, gilded copper

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters The Next 500 Years.

    Rebecca Belmore

    The Blanket, 2011, 4 minutes 30 seconds, HD video installation

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Colleen Cutschall

    2012 Synchronization with the Beyond, 1996, 152 cm x 152 cm, acrylic on canvas

    Milky Way Spirit Trail, 1996, 122 cm x 244 cm, acrylic, collage on canvas

    Smoke Flap Observations, 2010, 152 cm x 152 cm, acrylic on canvas

    Sons of the Wind, 1996, dimensions variable, mixed media installation

    The Androgynous Landscape, 1996, 22 cm x 244 cm, acrylic on canvas

    www@blackhills.sd, 1996, 122 cm x 122 cm, acrylic on canvas

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Wally Dion

    Thunderbird, 2008, 121 cm x 296 cm x 9 cm, recycled computer circuit boards, nails on plywood

    Courtesy of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

    Jimmie Durham

    Pole to Mark the Centre of the World (at Winnipeg), 2010, 231 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm, galvanized steel, stainless steel, brass,high-polish steel

    Courtesy of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. Commissioned for Close Encounters The Next 500 Years.

    Rosalie Favell

    The Search for Life Beyond Our Planet, 2010, 15 minutes, video on dvd

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Jeffery Gibson

    The Future is Present, 2011, 36 cm x 447cm x 71cm, wood, fabric, beads, barbed wire, oil paint, pigmented silicone, crystals

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters The Next 500 Years.

    Brett Graham

    Te Hokioi, 2008, 80 cm x 290 cm x 440 cm, MDF, fibreglass, steel, car lacquer

    Courtesy of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery.

    Faye HeavyShield

    slivers, 2010, 116 cm x 236 cm x 3 cm, digital print on paper, wax, monofilament

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Marja Helander

    Mount Annivaara Utsjoki, 2002, 117 cm x 93 cm , digital c-print on paper

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Jonathan Jones

    untitled (infinity), 2011, 117 cm x 274 cm x 122 cm, fluorescent tubes, mild steel

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters The Next 500 Years.

    Brian Jungen

    Bush Capsule Study, 2000, 102 cm x 132 cm, ink and graphite on paper

    Courtesy of John Cook.

    Little Habitat II, 2004, 38 cm x 66 cm x 66 cm, Nike Air Jordan boxes

    Courtesy of Brett Shaheen.

    James Luna

    The Spirits of Virtue and Evil Await My Ascension, 1998, dimensions variable, multimedia installation

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Kavavaow Mannomee

    Airlift, 2009, 52 cm x 57 cm, etching and aquatint on paper, no. 37 of 50

    Dark Fantasy, 2008, 80 cm x 96 cm, etching and aquatint on paper, no. 1 of 50

    Courtesy of private collections.

    Tracey Moffatt

    Bedevil, 1993, 90 minutes, 35mm film on DVD

    Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy, 1990, 19 minutes, 35mm film on DVD

    Courtesy of Women Make Movies.

    Kent Monkman

    The Collapsing of Time and Space in an Ever Expanding Universe, 2011, dimensions variable, mixed media installation

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Reuben Paterson

    Nigh, 2005, 190 cm x 190 cm, diamond dust, glitter dust on canvas

    Te Putahitanga O Rehua, 2005, 10 minutes, digital animation on DVD

    Courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery.

    Archer Pechawis

    Horse, 2011, 15 minutes, performance

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Edward Poitras

    Balustrade, 2011, blog installation

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Postcommodity

    Mother, Teacher, Destroyer, 2011, dimensions variable, multimedia installation, custom instruments, (cougar synthesizer, antler cello, boar bladder, drum, antler harp)

    Repellent Eye (Winnipeg), 2011, 350 cm x 350 cm x 350 cm, acrylic on vinyl installation

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters The Next 500 Years.

    Pudlo Pudlat

    Aeroplane, 1976, 63 cm x 86 cm, stonecut, stencil on paper, no. 50 of 50, Qabaroak Qatsiya, printmaker

    Arrival of the Prophet, 1983, 57 cm x 79 cm, lithograph on paper, no. 22 of 50, Pitseolak Niviaqsi, printmaker

    Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

    Avingaluk (The Big Lemming), 1961, 64 cm x 38 cm stonecut on paper, no. 18 of 50, Lukta Qiatsuk, printmaker

    Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of the Women’s Committee

    Ecclesiast, 1969, 53 cm x 62 cm, stonecut on paper, no. 37 of 50, Lukta Qiatsuk, printmaker

    Courtesy of of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Edwin O. Anderson and Joan B. Townsend.

    In Celebration, 1979, 56 cm x 76 cm, lithograph on paper, no. 3 of 50, Aoudia Pudlat, printmaker

    Jet Trails over the Sea, 1976–1977, 57 cm x 76 cm, acrylic wash, felt pen, coloured pencil on paper

    Journey into Fantasy, 1983, 63 cm x 86 cm, stonecut, stencil on paper, no. 12 of 50

    Two Loons at Sea, 1979, 60 cm x 82 cm, stonecut, stencil on paper, proof, Timothy Ottochie, printmaker

    Umimmak Kalunaniituk (Muscox in the City), 1979, 60 cm x 92 cm, stonecut, stencil on paper, proof, Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, printmaker

    Vision of Two Worlds, 1983, 56 cm x 79 cm, lithograph, stencil on paper, no. 35 of 50

    Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada.

    Lisa Reihana

    Hinepukohurangi, 2001, 200 cm x 100 cm, digital photograph on dibond

    Mahuika, 2001, 200 x 120 cm, digital photograph on dibond

    Marakihau, 2001, 200 cm x 100 cm, digital photograph on dibond

    Ranginui, 2001, 200 cm x 120 cm, digital photograph on dibond

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Paul-Anders Simma

    Give Us Our Skeletons! (Antakaa Meille Luurankomme), 1999, 49 minutes, 35mm film on DVD

    Courtesy of the Finnish Film Foundation.

    Skawennati

    TimeTraveller™ 2121, 28 minutes, machinima

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Doug Smarch Jr.

    Lucinations, 2004, 366 cm x 366 cm, digital animation on DVD, feather screen

    Courtesy of the artist.

    Christian Thompson

    Heat, 2010, 5 minutes 52 seconds, digital video on DVD

    Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi.

    Marie Watt

    Staff: Custodian, 2007, 297 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, cast bronze

    Courtesy of PDX Contemporary Art.

    Linus Woods

    Spaceship over Troubled Water, 2010, 122 cm x 244 cm, mixed media on canvas

    The Speed of Light, 2010, 122 cm x 244 cm, mixed media on canvas

    Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned for Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.

    Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

    Killer Whale Has a Vision and Comes to Talk to Me about Proximological Encroachments of Civilizations in the Oceans, 2010, 183 cm x 274 cm, acrylic on canvas.

    Courtesy of private collection.