Jaimie Isaac is a Winnipeg-based curator and interdisciplinary artist, member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Treaty 1 territory of Anishinaabe and British heritage. Isaac holds a degree in Art History and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, with research focus on Indigenous Curatorial Praxis, and methodologies in decolonizing and Indigenizing. Recent exhibitions include Woven Together at the Kelowna Art Gallery, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; organic, Insurgence Resurgence (co curated with Julie Nagam) and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Boarder X, We Are On Treaty Land, and Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good. Isaac co-founded of The Ephemerals Collective (with Niki Little and Jenny Western), which was long-listed for the 2017 and 2019 Sobey Art Award. Jaimie collaborated on the artistic team with KC Adams and Val Vint with on a public sculpture at the Forks called Nimama at South Point path; Niizhoziibean and collaborated on a public art project, Cyclical Motion: Indigenous Art & Placemaking curated by Jenny Western. She collaborated on the official denial (trade value in progress) a national project with Leah Decter . Jaimie has contributed articles for Art + Wonder, C Magazine, Bordercrossings, and essays for exhibition catalogues; Insurgence Resurgence, Boarder X, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and unsacred, and contributed in collections of writing within The Land We Are Now: Writers and Artists Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation and Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Journal. Jaimie was co-faculty for the Wood Land School at Plug In Summer Institute in 2016. She has presented research at many conferences in North America and Europe. Isaac was one of the Canada Council’s Indigenous delegation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. She is the Advisory Committee for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Museum and is on the board of directors for Bordercrossings Magazine.
Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun
Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun is a mother, softball coach, artist/observer/community-connector, arts administrator, and a founding member of The Ephemerals. 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. Niki recently stepped down as the Director for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. As Director, Niki organized Listen, Witness, Transmit, a national Indigenous media arts gathering in Saskatoon, SK (June 12-15, 2018) that included round tables, performances, screenings, and exhibitions. As an independent community connector, Niki co-curated níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur, the La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone 2018 (BACA) in Montréal and surrounding areas (May 03-June 19, 2018) and co-hosted Migration a three week on the land residency with Becca Taylor in Demmitt, AB grounded in exploration around Indigenous economies and research as ceremony (August 13-31, 2018).
Jenny Western is a member of the Ephemerals art collective as well as an independent curator, writer, and educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 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. While completing her graduate studies, Jenny accepted a position at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon where she served as the Curator of Contemporary / Aboriginal Art and later the AGSM’s Adjunct Curator. During this time she curated exhibitions such as Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Do Not Park Bicycles!. Western has curated exhibitions and programs for Ace Art Inc., The Costume Museum of Canada (Native/American Apparel), The Estevan Art Gallery (Hearth), Gallery 1C03 (Shards), The Kelowna Art Gallery (Kenneth Lavallee: Man and Nature), The Manitoba Crafts Council, La Maison des Artistes, Plug In ICA (Andrea Carlson: Eat-All), Portage and District Arts Centre (Hovercraft), The University of Manitoba (Cyclical Motion: Indigenous Art & Placemaking), Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Vector Festival, Video Pool, The West End Cultural Centre, and The Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque. In 2011 Western co-curated Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, a multi-venue group exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from around the globe. She is a member of the Brothertown Nation of Wisconsin and is of European, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Musee ancestry.