Membership Card Commissioning Program

Photo courtesy Maria Hupfield © 2016.

The Power Plant’s Membership Card Commissioning Program began in 2009, with Members receiving a designed Membership Card featuring artwork by the first Commissioning Program artist, Kelly Mark. Cards in subsequent years featured the work of Derek Sullivan, Jennifer Murphy, Ryan Brewer and AA Bronson, Vasco Araújo, Patrick Bernatchez and Ulla von Brandenburg. The Membership Card Commission for 2017 is by Maria Hupfield, one of the artists featured in the gallery’s Winter 2017 Exhibition Season.

Maria Hupfield’s performance practice has developed around activating spaces and objects in ways that reference Anishinaabe oral traditions and feminist performance history. The title of her Winter 2017 exhibition, The One Who Keeps On Giving, is an English translation of the Anishinaabe name of Hupfield’s mother as well as the title of Hupfield’s new commission for the show. The show also featured a selection of objects that have been appeared in Hupfield’s recent performances displayed alongside films in an installation of wooden structures. Through her performances, the artist underlines the relationships we hold with these objects, their environment and the cultural contexts that surround them.

Maria Hupfield (born 1975 in Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Ontario) 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); and Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (2011). She has participated in group exhibitions and performances at 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, Toronto (2013); and Vancouver Art Gallery (2012). Hupfield is the founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto; Co-owner of Native Art Department International; and was 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).

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