Reception: James Nicholas and Sandra Semchuk: We Are Here / Ōta nitayānān Saturday, June 29, 2024

James Nicholas and Sandra Semchuk: We Are Here / Ota nitayanan
Reception: Saturday, June 29 at 3 PM
Free, everyone welcome. 

This exhibition traces the 15-year creative collaboration between artists James Nicholas and Sandra Semchuk, beginning from their encounter in 1993 until Nicholas's accidental death in 2007. 

Through photo-installations and videos, the exhibition delves into the impact of colonialism, viewing it through the prism of their intercultural marriage. It unveils a commitment to dialogue, where Semchuk's identity as the child of Ukrainian-Canadian settlers from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, intersects with Nicholas's experiences as a Rock Cree man from Manitoba. 

The questions posed by Nicholas and Semchuk to each other range from personal and humorous to painful. Whether grappling with the marginalization of Ukrainian-Canadian settlers or delving into Nicholas's experiences as a residential school survivor, their aim, in Semchuk's words, is "to acknowledge the truths in each other's narratives." 

We Are Here / Ota nitayanan contributes to our museum's ongoing exploration of the connections between Ukrainian Canadians and Indigenous peoples, as well as the involvement of Ukrainian settlers in colonization processes.