Ace’s Spirit Vessel is included in the exhibition Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives curated by Carine Ayélé Durand opening September 24, 2021 to August 21, 2022 at the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) is a major ethnographic museum in Switzerland, housing one of the country’s two most important ethnographic collections. Situated in the heart of the city of Geneva, the MEG won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award in 2017. The MEG’s expansive permanent collection consists of over 70,000 objects spanning five continents. Each exhibition that is curated by the institution is complemented by full cultural and educational programming, guided visits in several languages, and a program of events, meetings, conferences and film projections. The MEG is also currently in the process of an institutional name change.
Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives is a new and dynamic exhibition that seeks to examine the strategies developed by Indigenous Peoples to mitigate the impacts of environmental degradations accelerated by climate change on their territories. It aims to discuss the leadership role of Indigenous Peoples in the field of climate change through their ways of knowing, sciences and unique philosophical conception that places human beings in a relationship of reciprocal responsibility with other human and non-human entities.
The exhibition includes Ace’s work Spirit Vessel that is on loan to the MEG from the North American Native Museum (NONAM) in Zurich, Switzerland. The work addresses the notion of the on-going cultural continuity and survival of the Anishinaabeg in this postcolonial era. NONAM acquired Ace’s Spirit Vessel for their permanent collection in 2018, and the work was inspired by a Menominee otter pouch in the permanent collection of NONAM. Prior to entering the NONAM collection, Spirit Vessel was first featured in the group exhibition Always Vessels, organized by Anishinaabe and Kanien’kehá:ka curator Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow for the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2017, subsequently touring to Rodman Hall Art Gallery, Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives – Promotional Video (Spirit Vessel at 1:27 minutes)
The MEG – Institutional Promotional Video
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