Gallery 1C03: Julie Nagam - locating the little heartbeats, January 10 - February 16

Exhibit dates: January 10 – February 16, 2019

Opening reception: Thursday, January 10, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Remarks at 4:30 pm by University of Winnipeg President Dr. Annette Trimbee.

Panel discussion: Tuesday, January 15 at 1:00 pm in Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg
Moderated by Dr. Serena Keshavjee and featuring speakers Dr. Delia Gavrus, Dr. Julie Nagam and Dr. Niigaan Sinclair.
ASL can be provided for these events with two weeks' notice by contacting Gallery 1C03's Director/Curator.

locating the little heartbeats is a solo exhibition of a new multi-media installation by Métis, German/Syrian artist Julie Nagam.

In her art, Nagam reads the land as a valuable archive of memory and as a witness. Her installations bring important relational concepts through painting with light, projection and animation. These multi-sensory creations incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, video and sounds from natural elements. Nagam's artworks result in interactive and transformative experiences for the audience and create the conditions of drawing the natural world indoors.

The impetus for Nagam's work stems from her concern for the environment, water systems, and land based knowledge. Issues around unclean drinking water, food sustainability, foraging, rapid melting of the polar ice caps, chemically-contaminated lakes and the finite nature of water are all alarming realities that society faces. Through her art, Nagam offers hope: "Our survival and our continuation as a people are tied to Indigenous knowledge of the land and a return or an extension of these land-based practices is what will bring us into the future"

Each of the works in locating the little heartbeats will invoke the magical elements of flora that are indigenous to this area to remind viewers of the healing qualities of each plant. Nagam's research will result in drawings that will be "brought to life" via digital technologies as moving image projections. This "living ecosystem" will consider the properties and lifelines that plant life and the land offers to the human world.

Dr. Julie Nagam (Métis, German/Syrian) is the Chair of the History of Indigenous Art in North America, a joint appointment between the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is an Associate Professor in the History department at the University of Winnipeg. Her multi-media art installations where white pines lay over the water and singing our bones home have been shown in Canada, England, Brazil, France and New Zealand. Her recent installations include the public artwork Electrical Currents for the Winnipeg Arts Council; Manitowapow, speaking to the moon commissioned for Toronto's Nuit Blanche; and our future is in the land: if we listen to it for the Smithsonian National Museum of the America Indian in New York and A Space in Toronto.

Gallery 1C03 acknowledges financial assistance for this programming from the Manitoba Arts Council.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Physical accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level, but visitors may require the assistance of the gallery attendant to open the door.

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