Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, video maker, curator, writer, and educator. Using cross-disciplinary iterations of written, visual, and performative practice, Devine explores issues of land, environment, treaty, history, and narrative. Though formally educated in Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) and York University in Toronto, Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were Anishinaabe trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario. Recent public acknowledgements of Devine’s practice include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2021, and an Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award and OCAD U’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity in 2019. Her installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Europe, Russia, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin International Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and Today Art Museum in Beijing. An Associate Professor Emerita and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD U, Devine sits on several cultural boards and councils in the United States and Canada. She is based in Toronto.
Location: Union Station
In response to various objects in Luis Jacob’s installation The View From Here, Bonnie Devine introduces a surveyor’s transit from her project Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig, 2018. View-finding instruments have been used since antiquity to mark out, allot, and regulate land, including the land of the Mississauga Nation that…