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New Remai Modern exhibition responds to the concept of healing from contemporary and historical lenses

Alberta Whittle, RESET (video still), 2020, 31:32 min. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by Forma Arts and Frieze London.

For immediate release — March 10, 2021

SASKATOON, CANADA — Works that explore or enact methods of healing, and the pain that often must be endured to get better, are at the core of a new exhibition opening March 13 at Remai Modern.

Featuring more than 20 regional, national and international artists, An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance includes works that touch on a range of subjects from Indigenous responses to smallpox and the 1918 influenza pandemic, to iconic works by artists grappling with the HIV/AIDS crisis, and apologies and acts of reconciliation that move toward healing relations fractured by colonialism. The exhibition includes works from Remai Modern’s collection as well as loans from various institutions and lenders.

“This exhibition is in part a reaction to the current pandemic, but it also includes work created in response other historic and imminent threats to global wellness,” said Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Remai Modern Co-Executive Director & CEOs. “The artists in this exhibition underscore the urgency of radically reconfiguring understandings of health. The show offers an opportunity to seek and understand different modes of healing that artists explore and enact, which are often difficult or painful but also joyful and rebellious.”

Through installation, video, painting, sculpture and more, the works propose alternate frameworks for care and wellbeing rooted in community and the non-human world. 

 Featured artists:

·       Ruth Cuthand 

·       Wally Dion 

·       Guo Fengyi

·       Sharona Franklin 

·       General Idea

·       Jeffrey Gibson 

·       Carsten Höller 

·       Clara Hume 

·       Brian Jungen 

·       Kapwani Kiwanga 

·       Kite 

·       Carolyn Lazard 

·       Candice Lin 

·       Les Levine

·       Paul Maheke 

·       Dylan Miner

·       Jane Ash Poitras 

·       Skeena Reece

·       Allen Sapp

·       P. Staff

·       Adrian Stimson

·       Alberta Whittle

·       Linda Young

The exhibition takes place in both the Connect Gallery on the ground floor and the Marquee Gallery on Level 3. Video work by Alberta Whittle is played at 10:30 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM and 3 PM in the SaskTel Theatre on all Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition's run.

This exhibition marks the first at Remai Modern to result from the curatorial work of Burns and Lundh and Remai Modern’s inaugural Curator (Indigenous Art) Tarah Hogue. The museum’s existing curatorial team also provided assistance.

Opening weekend includes a limited capacity members-only preview on Friday, March 12 and a Curator’s Tour featuring Burns, Lundh and Hogue on Saturday, March 13 at 1 PM. Additional related events can be found at remaimodern.org/calendar.

The Connect Gallery is always free thanks to the generous support of TD.

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to First Nations and Métis ancestors and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The museum is committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era.

Open since October 2017, Remai Modern is the largest contemporary art museum in western Canada and houses a collection of more than 8,000 works, including the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints.

Remai Modern would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture through the Sask Lotteries Fund, SK Arts and the City of Saskatoon.


For additional information contact:

Stephanie McKay, Communications Manager

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smckay@remaimodern.org


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