What does it mean to have? In a system that prioritizes private ownership, does having necessitate an imbalance, an unequal exchange? The artists in this exhibition point to a present economic disparity and consider how it is indicative of a protracted and systemic imbalance. Speaking not just to political economies, the works in New Ways of Having address how concentrations of power, colonial histories and encroachments upon cultural sovereignties run counter to individual and collective freedoms.
Lis Rhodes is a major figure in the history of artists’ filmmaking in Britain and was a leading member of the influential London Filmmakers’ Co-op. In 1979 she co-founded Circles Women’s Film and Video Distribution, the first British organization to distribute the work of women film and video artists. She currently lives and works in London, where a survey exhibition of her career, Lis Rhodes: Dissonance and Disturbance, was held at the ICA in 2012. Her films are distributed by LUX.
Olivia Whetung is a member of Curve Lake First Nation and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg Nation. She completed her BFA with a minor in Anishinaabemowin at Algoma University in 2013, and is currently pursuing her MFA at UBC Vancouver. Her work explores acts of/active native presence, as well as the challenges of working with/in/through Indigenous languages in an art world dominated by the English language. She is a recipient of a CGS-M Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award and an Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship.
The Impressions are an American musical group founded in Chicago in 1958 when Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, who had been singing together in a Chicago gospel choir, joined together with Sam Gooden, Arthur Brooks and Richard Brooks of the Chattanooga, Tennessee doo-wop trio The Roosters. Primarily active between 1958 and 1970, The Impressions’ musical style mixed elements of gospel, doo-wop, soul and R&B.