In Conversation: Eugenics Retold

GUELPH, ON, October 18, 2019: Join ‘Into the Light’ co-creators for ‘In Conversation: Eugenics Retold’ Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. at Guelph Civic Museum.

Into the Light: Education and Eugenics in Southern Ontario is an exhibition of artistic, sensory, and material expressions of memory.  It aims to bring one of Guelph’s dark secrets, as well as stories of survival, out of the shadows and into the light.

Elder Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, co-creators and co-curators of the exhibition, work to prevent institutional brutality, colonialism, ableism, and social injustice.

During In Conversation: Eugenics Retold, the co-curators and rights activists will share stories about the exhibition process, discoveries through research, and interpretation of findings through the lens of diverse lived experiences. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.

Into the Light includes content that some visitors may find offensive and/or traumatizing. Guelph Museums aims to provide safe spaces for the sharing and understanding of all histories and lived experiences.

Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario is co-presented by Guelph MuseumsRe•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, and Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, in partnership with Respecting Rights–A project of ARCH Disability Law Centre.

About the panelists:

Elder Mona Stonefish is an Anishinaabe artist, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Windsor Art Gallery board member, disability activist, and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award.

Peter Park is co-founder of Respecting Rights, founder of People First, and recipient of the June Callwood Award.

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning is an Anishinaabe contemporary artist and incoming Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education & Pedagogy, York University.

Evadne Kelly is a modern dancer, and Postdoctoral Artist-Researcher at Re-Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph.

Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and consultant, whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

Sky Stonefish is an Anishinaabe jingle dress dancer, photographer, and activist.

In Conversation will have ASL Interpretation and CART Live Captioning.

Admission to the event is included with general admission, $6 per person.

Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk Street. The building is physically accessible.

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