Stimson’s installation and performance is generated in close dialogue with residential school survivors and leaders in Siksika. Revealing the layers of colonization and Indigenous resistance in his community, Iini Sookumapii: Guess who’s coming to dinner? centers on a dining room table, complete with a British colonial place setting and a light procured from the Old Sun school. The table serves a double function: it reconstitutes the conditions under which Siksika Nation members gathered to first consider Bronson’s proposal for an apology, while replicating the spare furnishings of a residential school. The installation features school portraits of residential school students, providing a personal dimension to the institutionalization of assimilation.

Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Bio

Adrian Stimson (born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada; lives in Siksika, AB, Canada) received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design (now Alberta College of the Arts), Calgary and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Stimson’s work investigates identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman, and Two Spirit being. He was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), Blackfoot Visual Arts Award (2009), and GGArts awards (2018).

Location

  • Accessibility

    259 Lake Shore Blvd East

    Accessible entrance and washrooms
    AODA compliant building
    Accessible parking

  • Getting There

    259 Lake Shore Blvd East

    By Public Transportation: The TTC offers three bus routes – the 6, 72, and 75 – within a short walking distance of 259 Lakeshore Blvd.

    By Car:

    • Coming from the West: Follow Gardiner Expressway E to the Jarvis Street exit. Keep right and follow the signs for Lake Shore Blvd E eastbound. Turn right onto Lower Sherbourne Street, then left onto Queens Quay E, where the destination is on the left.
    • Coming from the East:Take Lake Shore Blvd E eastbound towards the downtown core. Turn left onto Parliament St, and continue onto Queens Quay E, where the destination is on the right.