Art is a conversation – want to talk? In partnership with Artcite Inc., our “In Conversation” series will dive into the works of artists featured in the 2021 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, and the crucial conversations that these works spark for all of us.
On Thursday April 1st at 7pm, register and join us for our first conversation – Creating Collectively – with curators Ray Cronin and Lucas Cabral, and artists from Three Collective: Boyd Harris, Jessica Rachel Cook, and Julie Rae Tucker. Three Collective is a group of artists living in Windsor, Ontario of Lunaape, Anishinabe, and Haudenosaunee descent who began working together in early 2019. Through conversations, the group began working on the theme of protection using traditional techniques with non-traditional materials. Their works raise important issues for Indigenous peoples and allies, and Three Collective’s take on protective equipment is haunting, evoking for many of us the post-apocalyptic imaginings of popular culture, and the real post-apocalyptic world Indigenous peoples have endured for over 500 years.
Ray Cronin is a Nova Scotia-based writer, curator, and editor. He is the author of nine books, including John Greer: Hard Thought (2019, Gaspereau Press) and Maud Lewis: Life & Work (2021, Arts Canada Institute).
Lucas Cabral is an artist, curator, and arts administrator with a background in marketing, communications, community engagement, and strategic planning. Lucas completed his BFA at Western University and has since held positions in public art galleries and service organizations including at Harbourfront Centre, McIntosh Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, AIDS Committee of Durham Region, and Artcite Inc.
Jessica Rachel Cook is an Oji-cree whose family is from Constance Lake First Nation and Bkejwanong First Nation and is from the wolf clan. Jessica is a formerly trained fine artist who works with traditional and contemporary mediums, photography and multimedia to create original and custom works of art, promotional and marketing materials for online, print, film and television. Jessica also enjoys working on independent films and has acquired film producer, production designer and art director credits since working on her first movie in 2008. She also is an educator who enjoys outreach initiatives with local communities and group art projects.
Boyd Harris is an aspiring artist from the Six Nations reserve. He is of the Seneca Nation and is from the wolf clan. Boyd is a formally trained fine artist who works with traditional and contemporary mediums, photography and multimedia to create original and custom works. Boyd’s work reflects his cultural heritage, and his work looks back at the effects of colonization and tells his story of the strength and resilience of First Nations people. Boyd has selected pieces of work that are in the permanent collection at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, ON.
Julie Rae Tucker is a Windsor-based artist, independent curator, cultural worker. She is Lunaapeewi and settler descent from the Munsee Delaware First Nation. She has exhibited and curated exhibitions across Canada and in Scotland. Her most recent project This is Not a Phase is on VUCAVU.
The artists would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support.