A Fine Pointed Belonging


April 3, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Kingston

Main Gallery + State of Flux Gallery

March 8 – April 20, 2019 | Tuesdays – Saturdays 12 – 5pm

A Fine Pointed Belonging is a collaborative exhibition by contemporary artists Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin Nation) and Dayna Danger (Métis/Saulteaux/Polish). Drawing on Danger and Njootli’s multifaceted practices and friendship, it explores the negotiation of consensual representation and what is given to be seen.

Questioning the line between empowerment and objectification, Danger claims space with larger-than-life portraits. Danger’s current use of BDSM and beaded leather fetish masks explore the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. In contrast to Danger’s direct use of the body, Njootli often obfuscates the demands of a settler colonial gaze by creating indirect representations of her own body and performance works. By setting limits on what can be viewed and consumed, she simultaneously negates access to information and affirms her sovereignty. Through collaborative performance, photography and sculpture-based works, the artists invite viewers to consider what consensual representation can look like for their bodies, identities, and cultures when the pervasive demands of settler colonialism are subverted.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund, Queen’s University Gender Studies Department, Queen’s University Inclusive Community Fund, The Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Student Initiative Fund, and School of Graduate Studies Student Initiative Fund.