Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is honoured to co-present a talk with Michelle LaVallee with Wood Land School. An accomplished artist, curator and educator, LaVallee is the Curator at the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. Activating and developing greater understanding of misrepresented or marginalized histories is of personal and political import for LaVallee whose critical thought is influenced from her experience working with Indigenous peoples in Canada, El Salvador, Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand).
LaVallee is an artist, curator and educator. She is of Ojibway ancestry, and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Band, Cape Croker, Ontario. In 2011, she was sent to the Venice Biennale with the Canadian Aboriginal Curators Delegation; the 2010 and 2008 Biennale of Sydney and in 2006, she received the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Assistance to Aboriginal Curators Grant for Residencies in the Visual Arts. As an artist, LaVallee uses a variety of media, provoking the expectations of stereotypical imagery and so-called traditional media. Her work has been shown in a range of international exhibitions including: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; Combine, part of “Love, Saskatchewan” at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Artists on the Horizon at the Mendel in Saskatoon; and in Myths of the Land with members of the Canadian Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Norval Morrisseau and Ron Noganosh, at the Ottawa Art Gallery.