In Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice

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This session is held in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Seminar Room 1 (Room 019)


Led by Maria Hupfield, Siku Allooloo, Jaskiran Dhillon


Allooloo is Inuit/Taino, a writer, environmental activist and community organizer from Denendeh, Northwest Territories. Dhillon is a first-generation academic and advocate who grew up on Treaty Siz Cree/Metis Territory in Saskatchewan and a Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology, the New School New York. Her book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization and the Politics of Intervention (2017), is published by University of Toronto Press. Maria Hupfield is a guest curator for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017. She is a member of the Anishinaabe Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Co-conspirators Siku Allooloo and Jaskiran Dhillon will talk with Maria Hupfield about the motivations behind the commissioned project In Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice curated by Hupfield for Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement, Many Possible Futures, Nuit Blanche 2017 City of Toronto. Allooloo and Dhillon will talk about what it means to act in awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples — a step toward becoming a politicized accomplice — as opposed to the term ally which often projects the illusion of change, while simultaneously reproducing colonial power dynamics of the status quo.