Entangled featuring Layered Histories: Perspectives from the Chaco by Miriam Rudolph and Drawings by Artes Vivas Indigenous Artist Collective
Entangled asks viewers to explore what new relationships are built when communities intertwine, but also what might be displaced when migrants settle in a new location, particularly in this case, the Paraguayan Chaco.
Previous exhibitions at MHC Gallery have explored the cultural, political, and social landscapes that prompted many Mennonites to leave the Canadian prairies for southern locales in the early 20th century. Now, a new pair of exhibitions considers a different perspective.
Entangled features Layered Histories: Perspectives from the Chaco by Miriam Rudolph. The Winnipeg-based printmaker was inspired to take a deep dive into the complicated history of her childhood home, the Paraguayan Chaco, through a residency with the British Museum. This introspective work considers her ancestral roots and settler-colonial relationships.
At the same time, Artes Vivas Indigenous Artist Collective will display a collection of drawings. The artists in the collective are members of the Guarani and Nivacle language groups and live in the settlements Cayin ô Clim and Yiclôcat at the periphery of the Mennonite colony Neuland in the Paraguayan Chaco. Their drawings explore ancestral knowledge, settle-colonial relations, and land-based relationships. Their original ink-drawings will be available for sale, with all proceeds going directly back to support the artists in this vulnerable area.
Entangled runs September 22 - November 4 during regular Gallery hours, Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 and Saturday 12-5.