#callresponse presents the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and artists as central to the strength and healing of their communities. This multifaceted project brings together five site-specific art commissions that invite collaboration with individuals, communities, lands and institutions.


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The project is led by Tarah Hogue (French/Dutch/Métis), Maria Hupfield (Anishinaabe) and Tania Willard (Secwepemc) and features five lead artists working in the following locations: Maria Hupfield in Toronto ON, Montreal PQ, New York NY, Tania Willard in Secwepemc Territory BC and invited artists Christi Belcourt (Michif) on the North Shore of Lake Huron ON, Ursula Johnson (Mi'kmaw) in Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, and Laakkuluk Williamson­Bathory (Inuk) in Iqaluit NU.

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More about the Artists/Curators

Tarah Hogue (Project Curator) is a writer and curator of mixed Dutch, French and Métis ancestry. She holds a BA(H) in Art History from Queen’s University and an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Hogue is the Aboriginal Curatorial Resident at grunt gallery since 2014, where she is working on exhibitions, programming and developing a cross­Canada project, #callresponse, with Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard that builds upon her research on Indigenous feminisms. She has curated exhibitions at the Satellite Gallery (2011) and Or Gallery (2012) and was co­curator on two exhibitions about the India Residential School system: Witnesses: Art and Canada's Indian Residential Schools at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and NET­ETH: Going Out of the Darkness, organized by Malaspina Printmakers (both 2013). In 2009, she co­founded the Gam Gallery, an exhibition space, studio and boutique located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has recently been awarded the Audain Aboriginal Fellowship with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and is curatin an upcoming exhibition for SFU Gallery in 2016. She has written texts for e­fagia, Capilano University and Presentation House Gallery, Artspeak, Decoy Magazine and the 2015 MFA Graduate Exhibition at UBC.

Maria Hupfield is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, currently based in Brooklyn NY. A featured international artist with SITE Santa Fe 2016, she received national recognition in the USA from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation for her hand-sewn industrial felt sculptures. Hupfield was awarded a long term Canada Council for The Arts Grant to make work in New York with her nine-foot birchbark canoe made of industrial felt assembled and performed in Venice, Italy for the premiere of Jiimaan, coinciding with the Venice Biennale 2015. Upcoming projects include Free Play Trestle Gallery Brooklyn with Jason Lujan, and #callresponse, a multifaceted performance art based Canada Council for the Arts {Re}Conciliation Initiative Project, Grunt Gallery that presents the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women as artists central to the strength and healing of their communities. She is a guest speaker for the Distinguished Visiting Artist Program, University of British Columbia, Indigenous Feminist Activism & Performance event at Yale, Native American Cultural Center and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Indigenous Rights/Indigenous Oppression, Symposium with Tanya Tagaq at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, MD. Hupfield is an advocate of native community arts and activism; Founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a native youth arts and mural outreach program in downtown Toronto, Co-owner Native Art Department International and Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Material Practice appointed to the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design (2007-11). Hupfield is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal.

Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard was Aboriginal Curator in Residence with Kamloops Art Gallery from 2013­2015 and previously with grunt gallery 2008­2010. Recent curatorial work includes CUSTOM MADE/Tsitlem te stem te ckultens'kuc; this is Willard's culminating exhibition for her curatorial residency with Kamloops Art Gallery and features 20 contemporary artists working with ideas of that bisect the binary of contemporary and traditional. Willard's curatorial work also includes, Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, co­curated with Kathleen Ritter, Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring 27 contemporary Aboriginal artists which toured Nationally. She is currently working on co­curating a solo exhibition (May 2016), Unceded Territories, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun with Karen Duffek at Museum of Anthropology, UBC.