Online program
  • September 28, 2021 - 1 – 2 pm

Revitalization of Culture: Indigenous Artist Share

Presented by the Office of Indigenous Engagement, U of T Scarborough, in collaboration with the Doris McCarthy Gallery

U of T Scarborough Indigenous Engagement Coordinator Juanita Muise moderates a series of talks with Indigenous artists from across Canada, sharing their stories of cultural revitalization and the role it plays in their practice. Indigenous Canadians for generations have fought for their traditions in the wake of attempted assimilation and systemic oppression. Presented by the Indigenous Outreach Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough in collaboration with the Doris McCarthy Gallery, this program will celebrate and recognize the work of Indigenous artists who are keeping alive cultural practices and taking action for 7 generations to come.

Marking Truth and Reconciliation Week, this September session of the program features filmmaker Thirza Cuthand and painter Marcus Gosse.

This virtual talk is open to the public and will be offered through Zoom, all are welcome.


Thirza Cuthand makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA majoring in Film/Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her MA in Media Production at X University in 2015. She has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and resides in Toronto, Canada.

Marcus Gosse ​is a Newfoundland Mi'kmaq Artist, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland. Marcus incorporates the ancient Mi'kmaq Star, Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs, Hieroglyphs, and various double curve designs into the landscapes of his paintings. His work has been exhibited in galleries across Atlantic Canada and internationally, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Macaya Gallery (Miami, FL) and is held in both private and public collections.