Aakíí isskská’takssin (Woman – thought) is a photography series designed to expand the interpretation of story within contemporary art practice of artists with Blackfoot heritage. The work of these women artists aims to foster a deeper public awareness of the complexities of Indigenous identity and the voices of these emerging artists: Marjie Crop Eared Wolf and Star Crop Eared Wolf. This exhibition sets out to develop a new literacy of visual culture and invites a fresh perspective on Indigenous story. The works in the exhibition seek to reflect on the ways in which Blackfoot history intersects with contemporary thought, as the question of modern identity has become fluid and fluctuating.
Indigenous story is shared through song, dance, language, and visual culture. We use story to teach and share our culture and our connection to the land. In this way, our story is a tool to teach future generations and to welcome people into our community. The artists in this exhibition have produced images that express a contemporary interpretation of story that raises awareness and hopes to influence how we move forward as a society within Canada.
The exhibition Aakíí isskská’takssin (Woman – thought) was curated by Jennifer Bowen and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. This exhibition was generously funded by Syncrude Canada.
20 art works
70 running feet
Cover image credit: Marjie Crop Eared Wolf. Insect. Photograph. Collection of the artist