AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, U of T Scarborough
  • September 27, 2022 - 1 – 2 pm

Artist Talk by Jason Lujan

Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2022-2023: Working Towards Indigenous Sovereignty, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Join us for an in-person lecture by Chiricahua Apache and Mexican artist Jason Lujan. As an artist, he creates tools for understanding and interpreting the processes by which different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication and are later homogenized. Largely integrating visual components rooted in North American and Asia, the work focuses on the possibilities and limitations of the exchanging of ideas, meanings, and values, questioning the concepts of authorship and authenticity. Jason is originally from Marfa, Texas.

“I am interested in interdisciplinary and trans-cultural crossovers between revitalization of historical methods, materials, and approaches combined with daily living in the present. Just as previous generations of Indigenous artists responded to the introduction of modern art making materials and methods to record, recode, and reframe traditional ideas and new ideas, my own works emphasize transitive zones involving the processes of the unfamiliar becoming familiar, or the unfamiliar being made familiar.”

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery & Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough. This semester's series addresses Indigenous sovereignty, a long-established statement of Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. By working towards autonomy and recognition as sovereign authority of the land, Indigenous sovereignty works to undo colonial narratives and assumptions of land ownership here in what is now called Canada. Each of us play a role in this goal, with much of the work beginning in an education on what Indigenous sovereignty looks like and how we can work towards it. For VALS 2022-2023, we will learn from Indigenous artists on how this work is manifested through their respective practices.

This talk is free and open to the public, all are welcome. Registration required. If you have accommodation needs, please let us know when registering or contact dmg.utsc@utoronto.ca.

U of T Scarborough students attending for course credit should register through CLNx rather than Eventbrite. See https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/upcoming-events for more details.

This is a seated event. AA304 is wheelchair accessible.