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Leah Decter


Leah Decter is an inter-media artist and scholar currently based in Winnipeg, Canada, Treaty 1 territory. Her work integrates video, audio and other digital media, installation, textiles, performance, critical collaboration, social practice and writing. Decter’s work engages in social-spatial interventions and investigations into contested spaces, primarily contending with histories and contemporary conditions of settler colonialism in Canada through a critical white settler lens. She has exhibited, presented and screened her work widely in Canada including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Grunt Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Images Festival, the Institute of Performance and Politics’ Hemispheric Enquentro, and Trinity Square Video, and internationally in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands and India. Her social practice has included performative activist interventions and large-scale pubic art and dialogic projects across Canada. Recent curatorial work includes Mammo’iiang to Make Change (co-curated with Jaimie Isaac) at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Decter’s individual and collaborative artwork has been featured in The Journal of Canadian Art History, Craft and Design in Canada, Fuse Magazine and Border Crossing, and her recent writing, co-authored with Carla Taunton, Ayumi Goto and Jaimie Isaac respectively, has been published in Fuse Magazine’s Decolonizing Aesthetics Issue, The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, and West Coast Line’s Reconcile This! issue. Decter holds an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute (Berlin) and is currently a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University (Kingston, Canada).


        Further information can be found at: leahdecter.com  

Jaimie Isaac


Jaimie Isaac is a writer, curator, artist and art administrator. She is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg. In 2010, Jaimie enjoyed a time at OCADU attending the MFA program in criticism and curatorial studies. In 2011, she accepted an offer at UBC Okanagan for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies to finish her masters. In the last few years Jaimie has also undertaken two mentorships for curating and writing with two senior curators and writers. 

 

Jaimie has been involved locally and nationally with boards, collectives, juries and artist run centers. Jaimie volunteers for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the Aboriginal Manitoba Music board of directors. Previously working as the Aboriginal Programs and Outreach Manager at ACI Manitoba for over three years, Jaimie established several initiatives. She has published writing within newspaper columns, critical essays in art catalogues and online publications. Jaimie is a founding member of The Ephemerals, a female artist/curatorial collective in Winnipeg. Awards instrumental with curatorial and arts research have supported her work. In 2010, Jaimie worked as the visual arts coordinator for the inaugural Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s national event in Winnipeg, where she planned and programmed arts that contributed to the Indian Residential School Legacy. Currently, Jaimie is working towards several projects within the contemporary Indigenous art and culture field through critical and visual dialogue.

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