Curatorial Statement

As a curator, I enjoy working with Indigenous women and to explore ideas which reflect our realities as women in Canada. I have always been attracted to the Traditional arts and find inspiration in the stories told by artists and in their work. 

I started organizing Indigenous art exhibitions at the Yukon Art Centre in 2009. I was invited to coordinate a Indigenous doll exhibit for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I then got involved with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and organized an online exhibition that reflected my passion for life in the bush titled Hands of Time. While working at the Adaka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, I organized an exhibition of Traditional bags from women living along the North, South corridor of Athapaskan peoples.  My most recent exhibition, Aakíí isskská’takssin (Woman thought) is a photograph exhibition of emerging Blackfoot artists. 

Aakíí isskská’takssin (Woman thought)

Upcoming December 2018

Aakíí isskská’takssin examines the theme of ‘story’ within the context of Blackfoot traditional teachings and cultural expression. This photography series is curated to explore emerging Indigenous artistic practice within the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Hands of Time: Bush Women on the Land

June 2015

Hands of Time: Bush Women on the Land, is a collection of works by First Nations artists that examines and recognizes bush women in their lives and in their communities. This exhibit of original works honours First Nations women who continue to maintain and preserve our traditional way of life on the land to this day.

Carrying Forward our Traditions

June 2015

Carrying forward our Traditions is collection of Indigenous bags from women across the Northern Corridor of Athabaskan speakers. The bags showcase the work of contemporary women artists who carry forward their knowledge of their ancestors.

Sewing our Traditions: Dolls of Canada's North

2010 - 2014

Sewing our Traditions is a collection of over fifty handmade dolls created by Inuit and First Nations from across the Canadian North. The dolls represent historical and contemporary perspectives on northern traditions, fashion and culture. Brought together by the Yukon Arts Centre for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad with the generous support of Yukon Government, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the exhibition is the first of its kind to highlight this Inuit and First Nations art form and northern garment design.

©2017 by Jennifer E Bowen