Maanipokaa’iini is the first-ever survey of the work of the Siksika Nation artist Adrian Stimson. Across installation, painting, photography, video and live performance, Stimson re-signifies colonial history through humour and counter-memory. The exhibition features significant works from Stimson’s nearly 20-year practice that explore identity construction, the centrality of the bison to Blackfoot spirituality and survival, and the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system. These interconnected areas of focus form an encompassing vision wherein the fraught history of Indigenous-settler relations on the Plains is simultaneously mourned and turned on its head.
Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.
April 2, 2022 – September 4, 2022
TD Brank Group
For this exhibition, Remai Modern has partnered with Wanuskewin Galleries to commission new work by Stimson inspired by the recent finding of four petroglyphs near the Newo Asiniak buffalo jump site, and the reintroduction of bison at Wanuskewin in 2019. The title of the exhibition, Maanipokaa’iini, is the Blackfoot word for newborn bison, and was chosen following the birth of a bison late in the season at Wanuskewin in September 2021, when Stimson was an artist-in-residence. The title further evokes a sense of renewal and futurity that informs the new work.
Tarah Hogue, Curator (Indigenous Art)
Adrian Stimson (b. 1964) is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. Across installation, painting, photography, video and performance, Stimson’s works re-signify colonial history using both humour and counter-memory.
Stimson has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally. He has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Stimson received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2018 and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017. He was also awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. His work is held in public and private collections including The British Museum, London, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, and Remai Modern, Saskatoon, among others.