2012-ONGOING: L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian)PERFORMED AT:
2015 Fifth World curated by Wanda Nanibush for TRIBE Inc. 20th Anniversary at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
2015 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art curated by Heather Anderson at Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario
2015 Fifth World curated by Wanda Nanibush for TRIBE Inc. 20th Anniversary at Mendel Art Gallery. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2015 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art curated by Heather Anderson at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014 Nasgwa’tatijig Performance Series curated by France Trepanier at Vaste et Vague Centre d’artistes, , Carleton-sur-mur, Quebec
2014 Memory Keepers curated by Dr. Carla Taunton and Erin Sutherland at Urban Shaman Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2014 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art curated by Heather Anderson at Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 Festival jè st curated by Nisk Imbeault at Universite de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick
2013 Aboriginal Voice: Four Artists from Atlantic Canada curated by Nisk Imbeault at Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben-Cohen, Moncton, New Brunswick
2012 Prismatic Festival, in association with Dalhousie Art Gallery, curated by Peter Dykhuis, Halifax, Nova Scotia
L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian) has also been performed at private residences in Toronto, Halifax, Saskatoon and Sackville, New Brunswick.MATERIALS:
White and Black Ash Splints, Indigenous Identifying Volunteers, Stool, Bucket with Water, Crooked Knives, Scissors
An ongoing cooperative based performance where Johnson makes a public call for volunteers who identify according to various membership codes. The volunteer is often a stranger to Johnson, however some portrait sitters are acquainted with her.
L’nuwelti’k is a Mi’kmaw term that loosely translates to “We Are Indian” (inclusive). This cooperative performance series began as an intervention for the Prismatic Festival hosted in Halifax by Onelight Theatre Company. Johnson was invited to participate in the festival, which was hosted at the Dalhousie School of Law.
She wanted to intervene with the student population by peaking their curiosity in front of the law library. Whenever the law students passed by and saw her weaving a person into this form they would stop to inquire about the actions.
At which point she would ask the inquiring student if they know about the Indian Act of 1877 (which they must study in all law programs in Canada), then she asks them what they know about Membership Codes (the membership codes are determined by Canada’s judicial system, the future of the registry is in the hands of these future lawyers and judges).
To date there are over 200 registry membership codes.
Johnson hopes to construct 200 portrait busts by the end of 2017.
Prismatic Festival website
Image Credits as Follows:
Moncton: Mathieu Lèger for Galerie de Louise et Reuben-Cohen
Halifax: Michele Gallant for Dalhousie University Art Gallery
Halifax: George Steeves for Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery
Ottawa: Justin Wonnacott for Carleton University Art Gallery
Saskatoon: Try Mamer for Tribe Inc.& Mendel Art Gallery
Winnipeg: Jason Hassellman for Urban Shaman