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  • Shimmering Horizons
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Shimmering Horizons

15 January, 2021

Curated by: Laurie White

Shimmering Horizons

Asinnajaq, Meagan Musseau, Marina Roy, Tania Willard, Elizabeth Zvonar, and Whess Harman

Curated by: Laurie White

An Online Exhibition Co-produced with Canada House, London UK

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Shimmering Horizons brings together works by five Canadian artists that offer visions of future life-ways on Earth. Unbound by the inhibiting narratives of apocalypse and dystopia, and wary of the false promise of technological salvation, these artists instead draw on the rich traditions of creative science fiction explored in the fields of Indigenous Futurisms and settler-feminist posthumanism. Together they ask: “Can sci-fi do more for us than simply confirm our worst fears, or offer escapist fantasies? Can new stories address the violence of the past, recognize the urgency of the present, and still offer compelling images of the future?”

Shimmering Horizons puts the idea of shimmer―a concept described by writer and anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose as the aesthetic experience of ecological complexity and ancestral power―into productive alignment with the image of the horizon, a potent metaphor for the future. In this exhibition, horizons shimmer both literally and figuratively: the glimmer of stars and the aurora borealis make palpable the potency of ancestral and ecological inheritance—the future enfolded by the past. These speculative projects have the potential to meaningfully alter the disastrous trajectory set out by colonization on Turtle Island by validating ways of being that prioritize relationships, accountability, and traditional ecological knowledge. Through a range of media, including basketry, video, painting, and digital collage, the artists in Shimmering Horizons offer alternative visions of the future that prioritize continuity, adaptation, and resilience.

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