April 4, 2018
c magazine auction

C Auction Edition 






Ursula Johnson
Dreams Caught, 2018
Mixed media, paper, hand spun and dyed yarn
Edition of 85 unique pieces + 5AP
10 x 4 x .5”

Purchase Tickets
The first 50 ticket purchasers receive the C Auction Edition, Dreams Caught by Ursula Johnson, a commercially produced dreamcatcher kit assembled according to manufacturer instructions. Attached is a length of hand dyed yarn from The Indian Truckhouse of High Art, with a printed tag that reads: “This object is 100% Authentic Indian High Art. Made in Mi’kmaki.”

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Dreams Caught continues Johnson’s ongoing performance of The Indian Truckhouse of High Art, first presented as a site-specific intervention in Halifax, on Treaty Day, October 1, 2011. In response to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship from 1752, which confers to members of the Mi’kmaq Nation the freedom to sell their wares, Dreams Caught appeals to the established market for commodified Indigenous cultural objects while simultaneously critiquing and subverting that same market’s assumptions of what is authentic.

Ursula Johnson is a performance and installation artist, of Mi’kmaw First Nation Ancestry. Her work is often place-based and frequently employs cooperative didactic intervention. Johnson combines traditional Indigenous practices with contemporary art influences to transform and reveal new ways of working through narratives of colonization, commodification, language, memory and ancestry. She has presented publicly on such topics as Indigenous self-determination, Environmental responsibility and sustainability, and the impacts of economics on the Indigenous object. Johnson has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the winner of the 2017 Sobey Art Award.

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