Elmi’knik (Indigenous Futures) Exhibition – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Elmi’knik (Indigenous Futures) Exhibition

Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is pleased to announce a new exhibition called Elmi’knik (Indigenous Futures). Through works that combine traditional practices and contemporary mediums the artists in this exhibition make it known that Mi’kmaq people are still here and will be as long as we live. The show features the work of Jordan Bennett’s quillwork paintings, Meagan Musseau’s Beothuk pendants, Renée Condo’s giant beadwork, and Mel Beaulieu’s augmented reality beadwork.

The exhibition will be on display in the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design beginning July 22, 2024. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held in the Loft on July 25, from 5-7:30pm.  

Indigenous Futurism is an artistic movement that looks at how Indigenous cultures intersect with technology and science fiction by reimagining oversimplified ideas as well as alternative histories and futures. The term “Indigenous Futurism” was first coined by Anishinabe professor Grace Dillion in 2003, paying homage to Afrofuturism which weaves in traditional knowledges and cultures with futuristic ideas and settings. Indigenous Futurisms address past and present consequences of colonialism, activate Indigenous knowledge systems, and consider ways to heal and build better futures for Indigenous peoples. By bringing into view the violence towards Indigenous peoples implicated in the development of what is currently called Canada, Indigenous Futurisms encourage Indigenous peoples to reject colonial ideas of the future and instead reimagine a space that makes room for stories that celebrate relationships and connections to community.  

The exhibition continues in the Loft at Unama’ki Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design until September 7, 2024. 

We would like to thank TD Bank Group for their support for this exhibition.