Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Gallery 1C03: Sovereign Intimacies - Curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith, September 26 - December 20

Presented by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Gallery 1C03

Curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith

September 26 - December 20, 2020
Plug In ICA, Unit 1 - 460 Portage Avenue (main floor of The University of Winnipeg Buhler Centre)

Gallery 1C03, in partnership with Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, is pleased to present Sovereign Intimacies. Sovereign Intimacies is a group exhibition curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith that takes place at Plug In ICA from September 26 – December 20, 2020 with extensive programming consisting of online talks, workshops, screenings, and poetry readings. Sovereign Intimacies explores themes of cultural and community exchange between Indigenous artists and artists from the diaspora, more specifically artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis collaborating with artists living in what is currently called Canada who came to this land and are not part of the settler/colonial history of the country. The group show consists of pairings of artists as well as individuals whose work is based on process and relationship building, and for those whose work is invested in active conceptualization around topics of friendship and intimacy, who are working to build collective vision of a sovereign future.

The curatorial intention is to present not only work in a gallery space, but to focus on an extensive online public program featuring readings, talks, workshops, screenings, and other local community engagements and encounters. The aim is to construct a space where these conversations highlight collaboration and exchange of knowledge. The community is centered, knowing that this exhibition cannot respond to and encompass all the needs of future discussions, but sets the goals for the community to continue these discussions to amplify our collective voice.

Featuring the work of Hassaan Ashraf, Annie Beach, Ayumi Goto, iris yirei hu, melannie monoceros, Peter Morin, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Wanda Nanibush, Meghann O'Brien, M. NourbeSe Philip, Marie-Anne Redhead, Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas.


Plug In ICA will be open by appointment for exhibition visits from Wednesday to Saturday between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Please contact or call (204) 942-1043 to reserve a time. To ensure the safety of everyone in Plug In's galleries, all visitors are asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry. Admission is free and Plug In is an accessible venue.


Further details about these online events and how to connect with them will be posted on the exhibition web pages of Gallery 1C03 and Plug In ICA closer to event dates.

Video Screening curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead

November 5 – 18

Discussion with Filmmakers moderated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead

November 9 at 7:00 pm CT

Artist Talk by iris yirei hu

November 16 at 7:00 pm CT

Poetry Reading with melannie monoceros

November 26 at 6:00 pm CT

Lecture by Wanda Nanibush

December 3 at 6:00 pm CT

Durational Reading by M. NourbeSe Philip

December 9 at 6:00 pm CT


Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03 are on Treaty 1 Territory. We are located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Gallery 1C03 and Plug In ICA wish to acknowledge Sovereign Intimacies video screening program partners Video Pool Media Arts Centre and VUCAVU. Gallery 1C03 acknowledges financial assistance for Sovereign Intimacies from The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Arts Council.