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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Canadian Cultural Centre

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2009

Paris – France 5, rue de Constantine Canadian Cultural Centre. The Canadian Cultural Centre presents Unmasking : Arthur Renwick,  Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas, an exhibition organized for “Photoquai”  , the New World Visual Arts biennale of the Quai Branly museum in  Paris.  The photographic works of Arthur Renwick, Adrian Stimson, and Jeff  Thomas are diverse, and to varying degrees, confrontational  expressions of First Nations identity. Unmasking explores their  individual strategies, which can be gentle, campy, or whimsical,  while creating conversations between contemporary art, mass culture,  and representations of the past. All three artists use staging, or posing, of the human subject,  referring directly or obliquely to photographic documents, such as  Edward S. Curtis’s monumental and flawed The North American Indian,  as well as stereotypical three-dimensional objects, ranging from  sculptures to toys. All three also look to the built environment and  the landscape for vestiges of First Nations representation and still  active systems of belief. Every work in Unmasking carries signs of  rupture in the historical account – signs that draw out specific  histories and contemporary realities. Their mises-en-scène and  performances are based on sound research and deep understanding of  cultural traditions, while firmly implanted in the present. Their  images powerfully state: we are here now; recognize us; acknowledge  us; deal with us.  The exhibition has been organized by independent curators Martha  Langford and Sherry Farrell Racette for the Canadian Cultural Centre,  within the context of Photoquai – Renwick, Stimson, and Thomas are featured in the 2009 edition.

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