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The Ryerson Image Centre’s Ghost Dance Features Aboriginal Activism in Art

Michael L. Abramson’s Untitled (American Indian Movement: Lakota Indians), Wounded Knee, South Dakota, USA, 1973 from the Black Star collection, courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre

Michael L. Abramson’s Untitled (American Indian Movement:
Lakota Indians), Wounded Knee, South Dakota, USA, 1973
from the Black Star collection, courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre

SEPTEMBER 18 TO DECEMBER 15  Issues concerning Canada’s Aboriginal peoples have made significant news recently, as leaders and activists continue to seek redress for past wrongs and to improve the lot of present-day Native communities. This month, the Ryerson Image Centre adds its voice to the dialogue with an exhibition titled “Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.” Comprising existing and newly commissioned works, as well as archival photographs from the Black Star collection, the display positions artists at the forefront of Aboriginal activism, and examines the struggle for self-determination as a response to specific human interactions and events that have taken place across a swath of colonized history.  —Craig Moy

• Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164; ryerson.ca/ric
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