Archive: statements, letters, actions

This page purposefully functions as an ongoing work in progress. These letters, statements, websites, and documents are being listed in support of calls from BIPOC voices for action, learning, and abolition. 

The majority of these listings are for artists living and working within Mohkinstsis (the Blackfoot name for the land colonially known as Calgary, Alberta, Canada.). These are the traditional and contemporary territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and the Métis Nation (Region 3).

These lists are being posted by a white settler (of English-Scottish ancestry) living on Treaty 7 land. Because of this the page will have a fluid format that responds to requests for information from BIPOC artists. Any suggestions or requests for listings/formatting/managing are welcome: email studiopublication@gmail.com or message the @studiopublication instagram account. 

To find a specific name, statement, letter, or date, press ctrl+f and type the word you are looking for into the search box that appears in your browser.

Letters/Statements from artists, galleries 

Joint statement regarding Contemporary Calgary 

(link here)

Released 8 September 2020

Joint statement written by a group of Indigenous and racialized artists calling on the gallery Contemporary Calgary to "acknowledge, examine and address their complicity with systemic racism and enlarge their capacity to offer meaningful support to the artists they work with." 

Individual statements: 

Rocio Graham: here

Dan Cardinal McCartney: here

Brittney Bearhat: here

Teresa Tam: here

Alia Shahab: forthcoming

Richelle Bearhat: forthcoming

Contemporary Calgary's 8 September 2020 response: here

Solidarity Statements:

AUArts Student Association

11 September: ends exhibition partnership with CC in solidarity with artists, announcement here

The New Gallery

18 September: "A Note in Solidarity", here

Stride Gallery

18 September: "Our solidarity & response", here

Truck Contemporary Art

18 September: solidarity statement, here

Untitled Art Society

19 September: solidarity statement, here

Joint letter in solidarity with Pink Flamingo

(letter here)

Released 13 August 2020

Signing galleries and arts organizations (in addition to non-arts orgs)

- Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation

- Nasarimba

- The New Gallery

- Stride Gallery

- Truck Contemporary Art Gallery

- Untitled Art Society

- Woeza Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc.

Extended statements:

The New Gallery

8 September: "BLM and Calgary Chinatown", here

 

Audits

Black Representation in Calgary's Contemporary Art Scene

(link here)

Released 20 September 2020

Audit of representations of Black artists in Mohkinstsis over the past ten years. Audit conducted by oaulie frost with data-gathering support from Alicia Buates Mckenzie, Michaela Bridgemohan, Uii Savage, and Levin Ifko. 

Support statements from galleries, museums, institutions, publications

Statements of support re: Black Lives Matter, June 2020 onwards

Alberta Gallery of Art

2 June: black square, here

24 September: Statement on Alberta Biennial of Art, here (see Amy Malbeuf and Justin Waddell withdrawal)

Alberta Printmakers

2 June: black square post, here

11 June: 'Thank you' post, here

Alberta University of the Arts

2 June: black square post and statement written by Daniel Doz, President and CEO, here

Arts Commons

2 June: solidarity statement, here

AUArts Student Association

2 June: support statement, here

Banff Centre for the Arts 

4 June: solidarity/values statement, here (no mention of BLM, Black artists or anti-black racism but timing of post suggests it is a response to BLM)

Calgary Arts Development

14 June: here

CARFAC National

2 June: here

CARFAC Alberta

9 June: repost of CARFAC National statement, no longer available 

Contemporary Calgary

1 June : black square, here

18 June : support statement, here

Esker Foundation

2 June: solidarity statement and list of Black-led organizations, here

2 June: "Resources for Youth: Learning About Activism, Race and History" PDF, here

Femme Wave

3 June: re-post of ActionDignity statement and resource list, here

27 September: 2020 festival cancellation statement, here

Galleries West

16 June: "From the Editor", here

Glenbow Museum

3 June: black square post, here

Herringer Kiss Gallery

2 June: black square post, here

Indefinite Arts Centre

16 June: here

Jarvis Hall Gallery

1 June: black square post, here

The New Gallery

2 June: solidarity statement, here

Nickle Galleries

n/a

Newzones Gallery

2 June: black square post, here

Stride Gallery

17 June: "Opportunities for BIPOC writers", here

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

16 June: solidarity statement, here

TrepanierBaer Gallery

1 June: black square post, here

Truck Contemporary Art and Design

2 June: black square (no longer available)

3 June: here

Untitled Art Society

4 June: "Calling our communities..." statement and pledge to donate for letter writing, here

Walter Philips Gallery

4 June: re-post of Banff Centre statement, here

Withdrawals

Amy Malbeauf, Justin Waddell withdraw from Borderland biennial

In response to no Black artist ever being included in the Borderline biennial's twenty-four year history, artists Malbeauf and Waddell withdraw their work and participation from the biennial, co-presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton) and Remai Modern (located in misâskwatôminihk, colonially known as Saskatoon).

 

AGA statement issued after withdrawal, here

Released 24 September 2020

CBC report with Justin Waddell statements, here

Released 11 October 2020

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