Joi T. Arcand: Here on Future Earth

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The Harbourfront Center at the Visual Arts York Quay Center, Toronto presents Joi T. Arcand as part of a group exhibition of 17 artists in her series Here on Future Earth until September 19, 2010. The photographic series addresses the loss of First Nations languages in Canada, depicting locations that share an everyday Saskatchewan aesthetic, however all the English signs and words have been replaced with Plains Cree syllabics. Though most viewers will not be able to read the text in the photographs, it is this inability that demonstrates the current critical state on the First Nations languages. Arcand is from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Vancouver, B.C. Drawing from her family narratives, Arcand’s work connects memory and landscape with humour and nostalgia. Her work has been exhibited at the Mendel Art Gallery, Paved Arts and Grunt Gallery.

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