Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation and settler heritage, works within shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often with bodies of knowledge and skills that are linked to the intersections between Indigenous and other cultures. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012-2014), co-curated with Kathleen Ritter, Vancouver Art Gallery (touring). Current curatorial contributions include co-curating Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology for the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe. In 2016, Willard received the Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, and a City of Vancouver Book Award for the exhibition catalogue Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Public art projects include Rule of the Trees (Vancouver), and If the Drumming Stops, with Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton. Willard was recognized with the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA award for outstanding achievement and commitment in 2020. Her ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an Assistant Professor at UBCO in Syilx territories (Kelowna); her current research intersects with language learning and land-based art practices.
Aesthetics Behaving Badly
Title: Aesthetics Behaving Badly
Artist: Tania Willard
Designer: Tania Willard
Font: Labour Union
Printer: The Hive Printing, Vancouver
Year Published: 2022
Intentionally undersigned and meant to look computer designed, these graphics draw on the democratization of art on the internet, but also the idea of aesthetics as Western European sanctity being continually eroded by glitch feminism and ‘amateurs’.
The landscape—crudely symbolic—appears as in a “Image not found” graphic.
The phrase “Aesthetics Behaving Badly” relates to Walter Mignolo’s “Epistemic Disobedience and the Decolonial Option: A Manifesto.” The phrase is also a nod to Jonathan A. Neufeld’s concept of “Aesthetic Disobedience,” where he discusses artistic transgression as not being dissimilar to acts of civil disobedience. Neufeld argues for the necessity to break from entrenched ideas and norms of the artworld to reorient our personal and collective commitments.
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