North of the 45th looks at the diversity of artistic practices and voices from Northern Ontario. From drawing to ceramics to video to performance, these works dismantle stereotypical notions of regional identity by offering complex and thoughtful expressions of the relationships that connect land, memory, and history.
Six artists present their work: AMANDA BURK’s drawings (North Bay) contemplate ideas about symbiotic relationships and cohabitation. Using archival research, performance, video, and photography, RIAZ MEHMOOD (Thunder Bay) tackles the complexities of identity and history. SARAH LINK (Thunder Bay) explores the relationship between surface and form in her thoughtful ceramic pieces. LAURENT VAILLANCOURT (Hearst) is nourished by topography, botany, and the found objects he collects during field performances. Intimate and reflective, TANYA LUKIN LINKLATER’s work (North Bay) investigates the spaces between poetry, visual art, women’s stories, and Indigenous languages. Finally, DEBAJEHMUJIG (Manitoulin Island) uses performance and storytelling to share the spiritual history of the Anishinaabeg people.