In the early 1970s, Maria Hupfield’s father, John Hupfield—a recent graduate from the first class of students in the media arts program at Sheridan College—made two projects about First Nations artists in Canada using sound recordings and 35mm slides. For her exhibition at Western Front, Maria Hupfield will use these two projects as source material to create a new body of work that explores these archives of cultural knowledge and the management of that knowledge by an outsider (her non-native, Canadian father) to consider possible models for settler and immigrant accomplices in conversation with indigenous peoples as well as indigenous to indigenous relations. Hupfield will also invite artist Charlene Vickers to collaborate on a new performance.
Maria Hupfield (born in Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, 1975) is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2015); Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal (2015); Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (2011). Group exhibitions and performances include Trestle Projects Brooklyn (2016); SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2016); Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (2016); A Space Gallery, Toronto (2015); Campo dei Gesuiti, Venice (2015); Aboriginal Art Centre, Ottawa (2015); The Bronx Museum, New York (2015); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2015); Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint Jérôme (2015); North Native Museum (NONAM), Zurich (2014); SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal (2013); The Power Plant (2013); Vancouver Art Gallery (2012). Hupfield is founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto; Co-owner Native Art Department International; and Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Material Practice appointed to the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design (2007-11).