Open Space is presenting the Awakening Memory exhibition featuring Coast Salish artists Sonny Assu, lessLIE, and Marianne Nicolson. The exhibition is curated by France Trépanier.
Awakening Memory has been designed through a collaborative process about remembering the role of art within Indigenous communities. It made use of a creative method for Indigenous people to engage with objects that ‘belong’ to them. In response to this process, each artist created new artworks, which are part of the exhibition.
Awakening Memory focuses on both customary and contemporary stories to explore the history, agency and value of an art object from Indigenous perspectives. The exhibition also considers the dynamic relationships between historical Indigenous cultural objects and contemporary Indigenous art practices.
Through the process of remembering, reclaiming and reactivating knowledge, memory-stories are awakened about how we–all of us here–inhabit this land.