Sakahàn Artist Lectures and Workshops at OSA







Ingunn Utsi (Sámi artist – Norway): She is a sculptor whose work is very intuitive and combines found objects with paint, plastic and other elements. She will give a talk on her work and Sámi culture on Wednesday, May 22 at 12:00 noon.

The Ottawa School of Art is pleased to announce that Ingunn Utsi, a Samí artist from Norway, will be offering a unique workshop at the Ottawa School of Art on May 23 and 24. Ms Utsi is one of more than 80 indigenous artists from 16 countries taking part in the Sakahàn exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada (opening May 16). She will be working in the OSA sculpture studio and invites interested Ottawa area artists and art students to join her in the studio. Participants will be able to see how she develops her work and talk to her about the content and influences behind her work. The workshop will be a drop-in affair from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm* both days and is open to the public. It is free of charge.

* = Please note that the artist will take breaks for lunch, etc. and will not be in the sculpture studio the whole time.


Jeff Thomas (Urban Iroquois – US/Canada): Jeff Thomas defines himself as an Urban-Iroquois. He is a photographer, curator, and cultural theorist. His photographic practice re-contextualizes historical images of Aboriginal people. Thomas was the subject of a documentary film by Ali Kazimi entitled Shooting Indians in 1997. The following year he received the Canada Council for the Arts, “Duke & Duchess of York Prize in Photography”. In 2003, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. He will give a lecture on Thursday, May 23 at 12:00 noon.

Sonny Assu (We Wai Kai – British Columbia): Sonny is Ligwilda’xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation. He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2002. He received the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations art in 2011 and was long-listed for the 10th Annual Sobey Art Award in 2012. His work has been accepted into the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and in various other public and private collections across Canada and the United States. He will present a talk at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 30.



Ingunn Utsi (Sami artiste – Norvège): Elle est un sculpteur dont le travail est très intuitive et combine des objets trouvés de peinture, de plastique et d’autres éléments. Elle donnera une conférence sur son travail et la culture sami, le mercredi 22 mai à 12h00.


Jeff Thomas (Urbain Iroquois – US / Canada): Jeff Thomas se définit comme un Urban-Iroquois. Il est photographe, conservateur et théoricien culturel. Sa pratique photographique re-contextualise images historiques des peuples autochtones. Thomas a fait l’objet d’un film documentaire réalisé par Ali Kazimi intitulé Indiens tournage en 1997. L’année suivante, il a reçu le Conseil des Arts du Canada, «duc et de la duchesse d’York en photographie”. En 2003, il devient membre de l’Académie royale des arts du Canada. Il donnera une conférence le jeudi 23 mai à 12h00.


Sonny Assu (We Wai Kai – Colombie-Britannique): Sonny est Ligwilda’xw de la Première nation We Wai Kai. Il est diplômé de l’Université Emily Carr en 2002. Il a reçu le Prix d’excellence créative Colombie-Britannique dans l’art des Premières Nations en 2011 et a longtemps été en lice pour la 10e édition annuelle de Sobey Art Award en 2012. Son travail a été accepté dans les collections du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, le Seattle Art Museum, le Musée d’anthropologie de UBC et dans diverses autres collections publiques et privées au Canada et aux États-Unis. Il présentera une conférence à 12h00 le jeudi 30 mai (cette date et l’heure est encore à confirmer).


Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art
Presenté conjointement avec l’exposition Sakahàn: Art indigène international du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada