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Built on Genocide

Built on Genocide

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Opening September 22, 2021

Running until October 24, 2021

Luminato Online Experience
October 13, 2021, 7:30pm


Ontario Square, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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Presented by:
Generously Supported by:Larry and Judy Tanenbaum and Family
With Generous Assistance from:
In association with:Harbourfront Centre

Built on Genocide is a large-scale installation by multidisciplinary Indigenous artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR, reflecting the historical events and colonial policies throughout Canada’s history that have deliberately undermined and destroyed Indigenous livelihoods. 

The work is influenced by the mass genocide of the buffalo as a result of the colonial railway expansion. The buffalo decimation is an underacknowledged but foundational aspect of “Canadian” history, with consequences that persist today. 

Built on Genocide will address the direct correlation between the genocide of the buffalo and the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

The work of Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR

Built on Genocide artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR poster based on the move Predator has a monster wearing a cross and holding a Bible. An Indigenous man is to the right of the monster looking angry. The title says Colonial Predators.

The best way to portray struggle is through imagery.

Built on Genocide artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR poster says 158 Years later and has a radio active symbol below a gasmask and headdress.

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Built on Genocide Creative Team

Denise Bolduc, Creative Director/Curator
Candace Wilde, Producer
Kim Purtell, Producer
Meg MacKay, Associate Producer
Duncan Macmillan, Production Manager
Jalen Innis, Associate Production Manager
Jon Elliott, Filmmaker, Digital Presentation
Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, Blog Writer

Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR, Artist
Leslie McCue – CHIPPEWAR,  Producer

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