Critical Writing Index

Whose Nation?

by Scott Watson

Canadian Art, Spring 1993, v. 10, no. 1, pp. 34 - 43

Scott Watson discusses two exhibitions mounted to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Caribbean: Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada and Indigena: Contemporary Native at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Both exhibitions raise questions about the positioning of art in the white museum. Watson discusses various art works, including video art of Alanis Obomsawin and Zacharias Kunuk shown in Land, Spirit, Power and work of Mike MacDonald shown in Indigena. According to Watson, the former exhibition fails at unsettling its instituitional context whereas the latter includes many works aimed at destablizing the very foundation of the so-called 'Museum of Civilization'.

ITEM 1993.169 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Alanis Obomsawin

Nunaqpa (Going Inland)Zacharisa Kunuk

Seven SistersMike MacDonald