Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little
Jenny Western

Maiden Indian (2011), Material Culture Photo Credit: Karen Asher

Maiden Indian (2011), Material Culture
Photo Credit: Karen Asher


The Ephemerals

The Ephemerals are a collective of Aboriginal women from Winnipeg, Manitoba interested in curatorial and creative based research in film. The collective was established to function as an outlet to foster and motivate artistic production both within their individual practices as well as to engage collaborative projects that revolve around Indigenous contemporary art. Their focus is on Indigenous culture within a political and social context responding to contemporary issues. The Ephemerals draw inspiration from their combined curatorial, multidisciplinary art practices and mixed cultural backgrounds. The collectiveʼs projects are fuelled by collaborative interventions, and ephemeral affairs in order to push the boundaries of perceived Indigeneity. Their work in performance and film exhibits an ethereal aesthetic that is transformative and often fleeting, based on current interests, the spirit of the times, and what compels them to respond to contemporary visual and material culture.

Jaimie Isaac is an interdisciplinary artist, Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and member of Sagkeeng First Nation of Anishinaabe and British heritage. Jaimie holds a BA in Art History from the University of Winnipeg, and a MA at University of British Columbia, with a focus on decolonizing Curatorial practice. Isaac is interested in blending curatorial practice, artistic production and community engagement.. Wabiska Maengun | Niki Little is a mother, softball coach, artist/observer/community-connector, arts administrator. She is of Anishininew (Oji-Cree) / English descent from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, FN), based in Win-nipi (Winnipeg, MB). Her interests lay in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, Indigenous womxn and community-based initiatives and Indigenous economies. Jenny Western is a freelance curator, writer, and educator based in Winnipeg, MB member of the Brothertown Nation of Wisconsin. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters in Art History and Curatorial Practice from York University in Toronto.

Acknowledging our Community

In the spirit of collaboration and skill sharing, The Ephemerals are fortunate to be able to work with fellow artists, curators, and knowledge keepers on various projects.

Dr. Elder Mary Courchene, Elaine Isaac, Jane Western, Liz Barron, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Becca Taylor, Breanna Little, Heidi Phillips, Rhayne Vermette, Ben Borley, Chris Fehr, Michael Maksymiuk





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