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Brings to Light: A Solo Exhibition by Jaimie Isaac

November 24, 2022 – February 17, 2023
Reception: November 24, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03
Please consider bringing a non-perishable item for donation to Siloam Mission. Elder Mary Courchene, Angeline Nelson, and the artist will bring remarks at 4:30 pm and there will be catering by Diversity Foods.

Brings to Light is an exhibition of mixed media sculpture, installations, performance and film created by Jaimie Isaac responding to the legacy of the Residential School system (IRSS) and colonial structures that devalued Indigenous knowledge systems and restricted rich cultural languages and traditions.

In this time of uncovering truths of the IRSS, families and communities are trying to find meaningful ways for dialogue, to heal and to find redress. Brings to Light is a personal story of intergenerational Indigenous experiences of trauma, memory, resiliency and reclamation. Isaac’s mother, grandparents and other relatives attended Fort Alexander Residential School (FARS) which was located in Sagkeeng First Nation on Treaty One Territory. In addition to presenting earlier pieces, Brings to Light includes new works that address intergenerational knowledge and language reclamation, reflecting Isaac’s journey of knowledge repatriation and access to Anishinaabemowin from her grandmother, Elder Mary Courchene.

The exhibition includes a series of integral public program events: a film screening, feast, conversations, and a bilingual (English/Anishinaabemowin) publication. Brings to Light will generate dialogue around kin, community and knowledge of intergenerational significance.

Jaimie Isaac is an interdisciplinary artist and curator, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Treaty 1 Territory, and is of mixed heritage (Anishinaabe and British descent). She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from The University of Winnipeg and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Isaac co-founded The Ephemerals, a female Indigenous artist collective, which was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2017 and 2019. In collaboration with other artists and independently, Isaac has exhibited and presented installations, performances and moving image works nationally and internationally. Her most recent public artwork is the sculpture, The Eighth and Final Fire, launched at the Forks in December of 2021. Isaac is the Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and is dedicated to making space for womxn, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ voices and decolonizing art and cultural institutions. Prior to this position, she served as the Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Arts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for more than six years. Isaac has published writing in numerous exhibition catalogues, art magazines and academic journals. She is an honouree for Leaders of Tomorrow from the Manitoba Museum 50th Tribute Awards 2020, CBC Future 40 Finalist 2020, and the Canadian Museums Association recipient for an outstanding achievement award in exhibitions category with the Boarder X exhibition, 2021.

Exhibition brochure
Suggested reading list

Monday - Friday between 12:00 and 4:00 pm from November 24, 2022 to February 17, 2023 (closed December 23, 2022 to January 6, 2023).

Exhibition Tour with Jaimie Isaac: NEW DATE! January 25 at 2:30 pm in Gallery 1C03 
Talks by Speakers from Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: February 1, 2023 at 2:30 pm on Zoom
Film Screening, Conversation & Book Launch: December 13, 2023 at 6:15 pm at Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq. Screening of Jaimie Isaac's film Mino Pimatisiwin wiisiniwin – Living the Good Life Food, followed by a panel discussion and launch of Brings to Light publication. Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq and the Decolonizing Lens.

Gallery 1C03 is on Treaty 1 Territory, the heartland of the Métis people and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininew, Anishininew, Dakota and Dene peoples, and. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

Gallery 1C03 acknowledges financial assistance for Brings to Light from the Manitoba Arts Council. We are also grateful to program partners the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Decolonizing Lens.

Maps of The University of Winnipeg campus, including accessibility and parking maps, can be found at https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/maps/. The Gallery is located on the main floor of Centennial Hall at 515 Portage Avenue. Accessible, street level visitor entrances with auto door openers and ramps are via Portage Avenue, Ellice Avenue and Spence Street. The gallery doors are equipped with auto-openers. There is a gender-neutral, accessible washroom less than 100 feet from the Gallery entrance. Our exhibitions and affiliated events are free to everyone.