According to the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights, indigenous populations have been accorded collective rights regarding control ‘over certain areas colonised by the mainstream population at a certain point of history.’ These rights have been enshrined in concepts such as ‘sovereignty’ and ‘self-determination’, which have been a source of tension as they have challenged the moral and political authority of the states that claim or exercise authority over indigenous territories and peoples. This panel brings together theorists and practicing artists, among others, who have engaged with such issues, to discuss and interrogate ideas of ‘indigeneity’ and ‘sovereignty’, in the context of contemporary art, culture and politics.
Artist, curator and writer Brook Andrew’s practice is grounded in his perspective as a Wiradjuri and Celtic person with matrilineal kinship from the Kalar Midday (land of the three rivers) of the Wiradjuri people in Australia.
Gerald McMaster, curator, artist, author and professor, is Tier 1 Canada Research of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice and director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University.
Jolene Rickard is a visual historian, artist and curator interested in the intersection of indigenous knowledge and contemporary art, materiality and ecocriticism with an emphasis on Hodinöhsö:ni aesthetics. She is former Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Programme (2008-2020) and Associate Professor in the departments of History of Art and Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Megan Tamati-Quennell is a leading curator and writer of modern and contemporary Māori and Indigenous art.
Art historian and artist Iftikhar Dadi is the John H. Burris Professor in the Department of History of Art and Director of the South Asia Program, and board member of the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University.