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Mothering Spaces

January 18, 2019 – March 30, 2019

The practice of mothering is a social and cultural act, occurring between many generations, individually and communally. These relationships revitalize communities and understandings of indigeneity through shared moments of gathering and nurturing. The visibility of a mother and her children within colonial and public spaces challenges the notions of a mother’s place within society, and forces the art sector to reevaluate its ideas of the working artist mother. The visibility of Indigenous mothering and her impactful insight into caring for a child while working in changing or challenging colonial constructs strengthens our communities and our abilities to heal and lead within acts of resilience and resistance. The moments of “empower(ing) motherhood (is) not only a practice but also an ideology that allow(s) women to assert their authority.”1

Mothering Spaces explores Indigenous methodologies of motherhood and the visibility of the mother within contemporary contexts, featuring new works from The Ephemerals (Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western), Faye HeavyShield, and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. Each artist explores their individual narrative of mothering, while showing the communal impacts of mothering in public and within colonial spaces. Anchored in the resistance and resilience of the generations prior, these artists are shaping the representation of Indigenous motherhood through their actions. By journeying with their children, through Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies of motherhood, they are helping define the complexities of what it means to be an Indigenous Mother, curator, artist, educator and writer.

Mothering Spaces will be open to the public from January 18 to March 30, 2019 at the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery during regular gallery hours.

Mitchell Art Gallery

1Anderson, Kim. “Affirmations of an Indigenous Feminist.” Indigenous Women and Feminism” Politics, Activism, Culture. (2010) 81 - 91


Mothering Spaces has been assisted by the Province of Alberta through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, its arts funding agency.

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Event Details

Date January 18, 2019 – March 30, 2019
Location John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery
Room 11-121
Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Exhibit/Show
Contact Person Carolyn Jervis
Contact Phone 780-497-4424
Contact Email jervisc@macewan.ca