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Encoding Culture II: The Works of Barry Ace
Heffel Galleries, 155 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Wednesday, October 26 to Saturday, November 9, 2022

Vernissage: October 26, 2022

Encoding Culture II: Works of Barry Ace, a new exhibition catalogue with new works and writing by Leah Synder of the LProject will be available in October 2022.

Encoding Culture I: Works of Barry Ace is available for viewing on-line (here).

Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa. He is a debendaagzijig (citizen) of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island), Ontario, Canada. Ace’s work embraces the impact of the digital age and how it exponentially transforms and infuses Anishinaabeg culture (and other global cultures) with new technologies and new ways of communicating. His work attempts to harness and bridge the precipice between historical and contemporary knowledge, art, and power, while maintaining a distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetic connecting generations.

Ace has exhibited extensively, most recently in: wāwīndamaw – promise: Indigenous Art and Colonial Treaties in Canada. Nordamerika Native Museum (2022: Zurich, Switzerland); Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ AlternativesMusée d’ethnographie de Genève (2021: Geneva, Switzerland);  Radical Stitch. MacKenzie Art Gallery (2022: Regina, Saskatchewan);  Looking the World in the Face, Âjagemô Art Gallery (2022: Ottawa, Ontario); Art of Indigenous Fashion. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (2022: Santa Fe, New Mexico); and Canada-Taiwan Indigenous Art Exhibition. Tainan Art Museum (2022: Tainan, Taiwan). Àbadakone, National Gallery of Canada (2019: Ottawa, Ontario); mazinigwaaso / to bead something, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University (2019: Montreal, Quebec);  Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, Ottawa Art Gallery (2018: Ottawa, Ontario); Native Fashion Now: North American Native Style (2016 – 2017: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts); Anishinaabeg Art and Power, Royal Ontario Museum (2017: Toronto, Ontario); Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario (2017: Toronto, Ontario); 2017 Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada (2017: Ottawa, Ontario).

Ace’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and abroad, most notably; National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario); Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Québec); Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario); Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario); Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa, Ontario); North American Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland); Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (M’Chigeeng, Ontario); Global Affairs Canada (Ottawa, Ontario); TD Bank Art Collection (Toronto, Ontario); Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (Gatineau, Québec); and McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario).