our memories
they are ripening, will we be ready to gather?

October 15 2021 - December 15 2021
consider sound, memory, and the placefullness of their convening, and tend to how we reshuffle into our bodies
The Story of a Piece
Emma Smith
Sound Print for Jozi
Eve Tagny
Beach Heart
Glenn Gear
Close 2 Home
Paul Chin

land acknowledgment

The curatorial work for this exhibit was carried out on Block 2 of the Haldimand Tract (Kitchener, Ontario), and on Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba).

While this curatorial residency was conducted remotely, funding for this residency is based out of Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia), on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.  In the restlessness that takes place as a result of the disconnection from land, Aiden Gillis grounds us back with his work, Generations: All We Would Learn About Ourselves if Only We Could Talk to Ravens.
All We Would Learn About Ourselves if Only We Could Talk to Ravens 

acrylic and oil on woodpanel, 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Courtesy of the Artist  
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This painting speaks to a foundation within the raven’s character; their ability to connect and communicate with one another, to pass information along throughout generations using oral tradition. 

When I think about the work happening to piece together the gaps within our history as Mi’kmaq People, I think to the memory of the land; to all we would learn about ourselves if we could talk to ravens. As our neighbours in nature have had to adapt, they remember. It is through research lead by Mi’kmaw values within netukulimk, meaning reciprocity and sustainability, that one day we will be able to remember too.

Aiden Gills
Aiden Gillis is a visual artist basedin Kjipuktuk (Halifax) on Mi’kma’ki (Mi’kmaq Territory) in Nova Scotia.

Of Mi’kmaw and French roots from Western Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), Gillis grew up primarily on Wəlastəkwewiyik (Maliseet) Territory in New Brunswick. His art practice often takes on the route of painting, drawing, and sewing, while exploring wildlife subject matter and representational themes of gender, Mi’kmaw language, and community empowerment.

In 2017, Gillis completed a BFA majoring in Fine Art with a minor in Art History at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. Currently working in arts education and curation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and as an Executive Committee Member for the Canadian Art Gallery Educators.