Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn

Ursula Johnson, Upmetuk O’Pltek Form, 2012

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn

The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC - Sep 21-Dec 31

by Robin Laurence

The show’s Mi’kmaw title translates as “Do You Remember,” signalling Ursula Johnson’s use of deconstructed basketry elements to address ancestry, identity and cultural knowledge. The three-part exhibition includes silkscreened and sandblasted images of baskets made by the artist’s great-grandmother; an “endurance performance” of the artist processing ash wood to the point of exhaustion; and an interactive archival and museological space.

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