On Friday, December 14th, 2018, Plug In ICA will present an artist talk with Raymond Boisjoly as part of our STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of STAGES 2019.* Location TBA
Boisjoly is in Winnipeg to begin his research for STAGES 2019 and present on his artwork and process, which tussles with the possibility of communicating a sense of indigeneity that is not necessarily crucial to identity. As such he extends his research and actions beyond his personal or ancestral history from a position that is fractured between the desire for representation and the instability of image-making. Boisjoly obscures meaning and a direct form of address. His works are to be deciphered, with meaning often intentionally scrambled, hidden and coded. Through fragmentation and distortion, he conceals his research and reasoning, most commonly using photography and printing as processes to redirect our assumed understandings surrounding Indigenous communities as a means to speak about identity itself. More info here.
*With its conception in 2017, STAGES sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture and performances by international and local artists. The Speaker Series is a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg.