CAG Façade and offsite at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station
The multi-media practice of Australia-based Anishinaabe artist Rolande Souliere entangles the visual language of hard-edged geometric abstraction with that of contemporary traffic signage to consider how colonial infrastructures mark both spaces and the people inhabiting them. Her solo exhibition, Frequent Stopping IV and V, presents two new large-scale, site-specific works across the street level façade of the Contemporary Art Gallery and offsite at the nearby Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. These installations draw from Souliere’s ongoing body of work that creates interventions using caution tape and street barrier patterns in immersive installations.
Souliere has a long history of working with the materials and metaphors of the road. She strips these seemingly universal symbols from their usual contexts and separates them from their role as wayfinding aids to suggest the extent to which authorities dictate our movements on the land. The Frequent Stopping series points to the ways in which our perception of boundaries shift according to perspective and to the fact that so many Indigenous land claims — despite being first pressed decades or even centuries ago — have yet to be resolved. Especially in Vancouver, which sits upon the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Souliere’s ultra-visible, highly public interventions mark space in a gesture that speaks of permanent visibility and reclamation. They delineate lines that cannot be drawn and redrawn.
Curated by Kimberly Phillips, with assistance from Julia Lamare
Rolande Souliere is a member of the Michipicoten First Nation, born in Toronto, Canada and currently living in Sydney, Australia. In 2017 she received a PhD from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. A selection of Souliere’s international solo exhibitions include Form and Content, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (2018); Coyote Responds: I Like America and America Likes Me, Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017); Sydney Non Objective (2015); CrossRoads, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg (2011); and Materiality and Otherness, grunt gallery, Vancouver (2008). Recent group exhibitions include niigaanikwewag, Art Gallery of Mississauga (2018); Language as Puncture, Gallery 101, Ottawa (2017); the cross-Canada touring exhibition Beat Nation (2012-2014); the Australia-wide touring exhibition Alterbeast (2014); Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto (2010); and Point of Origin, Artspace, Sydney (2008). Her public art commissions include Bringing Back Wabakinine (2015) in the Bala Underpass, Toronto and the recently completed Mediating the Treaties (2017-18) at Air Canada Park in Winnipeg, commissioned by the Winnipeg Art Council.