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Conversation w/ Lacie Burning, Francine Burning and Tarah Hogue

  • Gam Gallery 110 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6A Canada (map)

Reflection Series was born out of the artist’s relationship with the land claims at Kanonhstaton, which happened on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario, in 2006. Burning was twelve years old when the conflict began and it marked the beginning of a political awakening and awareness of race relations with communities surrounding the reserves.

Lacie Burning is an emerging Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga (patrilineal) artist and curator raised on Six Nations of the Grand River located in southern Ontario. They are a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, performance, installation, print, and sculpture. Burning is currently studying in the Visual Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective. More recently their practice has revolved around questions of Indigenous resistances, land issues, and haunting. 

Francine Burning is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Six Nations of the Grand River in Southern Ontario, and holds an MA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis, entitled "Reclaiming Territories Through Indigenous Performance," illustrates how Indigenous-centered performance enables and supports collective meaning-making and Indigenous continuity.

Tarah Hogue is a curator, writer and uninvited guest on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories/Vancouver, B.C. where she has lived since 2008. Of Métis and Dutch ancestry, Hogue was raised in Red Deer, A.B. on the border between Treaty 6 and 7 territories. She holds a master's degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her work engages collaborative methodologies and a careful attentiveness to place in order to decenter colonial modes of perception within institutional spaces. Hogue is the inaugural Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery.