Poetics of Objects, Performance and Memory : Discussion and Critique with Maria Hupfield

Poetics of Objects, Performance and Memory : Discussion and Critique with Maria Hupfield

Wednesday, February 22, 2017,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
$ 50.00 CAD
$ 40.00 CAD

This workshop is an incredible opportunity to hear New York based Anishinaabe performance artist Maria Hupfield speak about her art practice and facilitate an informal critique of participants' work.

Gallery 44 and co-presenter The Power Plant have organized this event in conjunction with Maria Hupfield's newly commissioned solo exhibition, The One Who Keeps On Giving


In live performance, Hupfield inserts herself into new conversations, activates the spaces she occupies, and locates the body in relationship to self, others, objects and place. Her hand-sewn creations function as tools; jingles track body rhythms and modified industrial felt pieces serve as both shield and screen. These sculptures are then carried on the body, recalling everyday contemporary life while simultaneously reflecting upon sight, sound, and unexpected shifts in meaning. 

Participants are encouraged to bring 5-7 small photographs (no larger than 11"x17") or digital documentation on a USB from a complete or in-progress series. Artists will participate in a sharing circle intended to stimulate constructive criticism and creative feedback from Maria and other participants.

*Registration is limited to 10 participants max in order to permit informal and intimate conversation and critique



Image: Maria Hupfield performing Fixed Time, 2012, Photo by Henry Chan


Maria Hupfield (born 1975 in Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Ontario) is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions had been held at MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2015); Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal (2015); and Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (2011). She has participated in group exhibitions and performances at Trestle Projects Brooklyn (2016); SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2016); Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (2016); A Space Gallery, Toronto (2015); Campo dei Gesuiti, Venice (2015); Aboriginal Art Centre, Ottawa (2015); The Bronx Museum, New York (2015); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2015); Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint Jérôme (2015); North Native Museum (NONAM), Zurich (2014); SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal (2013); The Power Plant, Toronto (2013); and Vancouver Art Gallery (2012). Hupfield is founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto; Co-owner of Native Art Department International; and Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Material Practice appointed to the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design (2007-11).