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May 9 - July 4, 2009

Artists: Duane Linklater, Jason Lujan and Tania Willard

Guest Curator: Ryan Rice

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Artist Duane Linklater and Curator Ryan Rice in conversation: Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

The exhibition and its publication are co-produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and Gallery 101 (Ottawa, Ontario) with a financial contribution from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Activities and workshops offered by the gallery during the exhibition:

  • On May 16, Louise Mauger, a well-known bookbinder artist, will be conducting a bookbinding workshop offered to professional artists, writers and cultural workers. Three different kinds of bookbinding techniques will be introduced to the participants. Workshop offered by the Conseil de la culture de l'Estrie.

  • Video projection from Wapikoni Mobile, a mobile video production studio intended for young First Nation of Northern Quebec will be shown on June 6 at 2:00 pm. The project, initiated by Quebec filmmaker Manon Barbeau, has been active since 2004. Jolyanne Mathieu, from the National Film Board, will be here to introduce the project.

  • Film Festival Presence Autochtone: a selection of short films and video from the festival will be presented at the gallery on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm.   

Press release (PDF)

Press release : Activities (PDF)

Curatorial Essay (PDF)

Each year the Foreman Art Gallery presents Carte Blanche, an exhibition that touches upon issues of regional relevance. This year Ryan Rice, the guest curator of the exhibition will present a multi-media exhibition that will gather printmaking, bookworks, painting and video works. This year the Gallery presents works by three up-and-coming emerging artists whose artworks criticize, manipulate, and re-consider traditions of storytelling from a First Nations perspective. The artists featured are Duane Linklater (Edmonton, Alberta), Jason Lujan (Brooklyn, New York) Tania Willard (Vancouver, British Columbia).

A full color, bilingual catalogue is available, co-produced in September 2008 with Gallery 101 (Ottawa, Ontario).


Duane Linklater presents paintings that symbolize "New World" captivity narratives that have become embedded in the collective conscious of the greater public. Duane Linklater is from Moose Factory, Ontario and is Omuskego Cree. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies, a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master's of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Alberta. He works primarily in painting, but also explores music, film and video. He currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta.


Jason Lujan is a New York based artist of Chiricahua Apache heritage. In his artworks, Lujan raises awareness of Indigenous cultures by examining identity transitions and cultural assimilation through strategies of [re]appropriation and de-contextualization. In his video, From One Dream to Another, Lujan presents the tale of a young Indigenous girl who feels the allure of urban society.


Tania Willard is an artist, woodcutter and designer from the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation in the Interior of BC. Her work explores narrative forms in the arts, media and advocacy as a means to share First Nations' history and experiences. Her multi-media practice incorporates painting, bookworks, printmaking and engraving as media to examine the cultural contexts of 'myth' and 'reality' and how these are influenced by worldview and cultural systems.


Resident of Kahnawake, Quebec, Ryan Rice is a curator who studied at Concordia University (Montréal) and at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.). He has curated many exhibitions for national galleries including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Gallery (Ottawa, ON) and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery at the Banff Centre (Banff, AB). He acted as curator for the Indian Art Center (Gatineau, Quebec) and was curator in residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery from 2005 to 2007. He is co-founder of the artists’ collective Nation to Nation, and of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA).


This exhibition and publication project have received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.