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Tina Guyani | Deer Road

Indigenous Performance Visual arts
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Art Gallery of Guelph

Guelph, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Awarded the 7th annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Missy LeBlanc’s exhibition, Tina Guyani | Deer Road, brings together the work of artists Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, residents of Tsuut’ina Nation, and mother and son, whose works speak to the human impacts of development on First Nations land. On November 27, 2013 the Tsuut’ina Nation and Government of Alberta signed a land transfer agreement to complete the southwest portion of the Calgary Ring Road – the final nine kilometres of the project. Although Cardinal is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, she traces her maternal lineage to the Tsuut’ina Nation for six generations. After the agreement was implemented, Cardinal was given two weeks’ notice that her familial home – the site where she, her siblings, and children had grown up – was to be moved from their land, displacing the family.

Through mixed media installations, new media works, and performance, Cardinal and cardinal dodginghorse address the psychological and emotional impacts of being forcibly removed and seeing their home – at once dwelling and land – replaced with a sixteen-lane highway. Tina Guyani | Deer Road addresses dispossession from an Indigenous perspective, as one manifestation of the devastating effects of colonial practices across Turtle Island. Their work, however, also highlights how such stories of loss offer generative grounds upon which better futures for Indigenous people as well as the land and all its inhabitants can be imagined.

Missy LeBlanc is a curator and writer of Métis, Cree, and Polish descent. LeBlanc is the inaugural Emerging Curatorial Resident at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB where she is working on two exhibitions and a gathering centered on Indigenous language revitalization and epistemologies for fall 2019.



Art Gallery of Guelph

The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is one of Canada’s premier public art spaces, engaging audiences with innovative artists and ideas from around the world. Through a rigorous and collaborative artistic program that positions visual culture in an ever-changing cultural landscape, the gallery supports social exchange and shapes public discourse. Located in one of Canada’s most innovation-rich and socially-engaged urban environments, the AGG offers compelling artistic encounters and contributes to a thriving national artistic climate through global connections that foster and proliferate creative innovation.


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