Join the participating artists and curators of the exhibition “For Whom Masculinities Matter” for an artist talk at Never Apart.
Light brunch will be provided for a moderated discussion circle about traditional, non-Western genders as a way of ~decolonizing~ toxic masculinities. Following brunch, we will take a dip in the pool.
About the exhibition
Featuring Lacie Burning and Léuli Eshraghi with asinnajaq and Dayna Danger. Curated by Adrienne Huard and Lindsay Nixon for gijiit.
Opening: Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6 – 10 pm.
Recent books in the field of Native Studies have expressed concern about cultures of toxic masculinism naturalized among Indigenous men, arguing certain forms of masculinity can be colonial institutions that Indigenous men must be freed from. But Indigenous masculinity projects also risk perpetuating performative narratives about cisgender, straight men reclaiming positive forms of warrior culture, at times erasing the labour Indigenous women and queer and trans Indigenous peoples have undertaken for centuries supporting Indigenous men, and regardless of the ethicacy of those men’s relationships to the women and femmes in their lives. Further, the primarily cis- and heteronormative frame of Indigenous masculinity studies, theory, and art can make an uneasy footing for gender-fluid, and even traditional forms, of masculinities. And still, the criminalization of Indigenous men and boys persists.“For Whom Masculinities Matter” asks, what has gone unsaid about Indigenous masculinities? What can Indigenous knowledge about intentional tenderness and fluid gender teach us about consciousness-raised, anti-colonial masculinities?
gijiit is a curatorial collective based in Montreal and Toronto, concentrated on community-engaged Indigenous art addressing gender, sex, and sexualities.
Never Apart would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this event is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal community.