Manitoba Craft Council: Collections Agency, July 6 - August 27

Collections Agency July 6 - August 27, 2022

Museum collections are made up of objects that tell a story about our society and culture, but how these stories are told often depends upon who has access to those objects in the first place. The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (MCML) recognizes a failing within their organization in regards to works made by racialized peoples and in the museum's role as a gatekeeper of those objects. In an initial step on the road toward reconciliation, "Collections Agency" exhibits work by makers Adriana Alarcón, Jessie Jannuska, Naila Janzen, Jocelyn Piirainen, and Lin Xu created in response to objects held within the museum's trust. In this case, the title of "Collections Agency" is meant as one invoking the spirit of revisiting, reclaiming, and rematriating cultural objects and craft concepts from museums and gatekeepers though the active agency of a collective group of creative makers.

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library | C2 Centre for Craft

1-329 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Jenny Western

Allison Yearwood

Featured Artists:

Adriana Alarcón

Jessie Jannuska

Naila Janzen

Jocelyn Piirainen

Lin Xu


Andrea Reichert, Curator | [email protected] | 204.615.3951

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library | C2 Centre for Craft

1-329 Cumberland Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1T2

Vision | Manitobans inspired, engaged, and connected through craft

Mission | The mission of the Manitoba Craft Museum and Library is to:

Collect, preserve, and hold historical and contemporary craft in trust

Celebrate craft through exhibits, presentations, and programs

Facilitate the exchange of ideas and build interest in and appreciation for craft