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Jungen, Brian; Dunne-Za
Mise en scène
2000

Where is contemporary Indigenous art? Brian Jungen’s ready mades exploit the equivocal but persistent cultural meanings that are invested in globe-circulating commodity objects and identities. While particularly attentive to site specificity and history, his work moves beyond a nostalgia of place and fixed identity, and raises questions about modernity and modernism in contemporary Indigenous art. In regards to Mise en Scene, the artist recalled that he created the work as “a response to a very small exhibition space, and it fit perfectly in this window on Queen Street West [Toronto]. Along that stretch of Queen Street there were all these furniture stores selling Modernist furniture and light fixtures, so I wanted to play on that.”

 
Jungen, Brian; Dunne-Za
Fort St. John BC 1970
Mise en scène
2000
Plastic, polyethylene and fluorescent lights
128.3 x 37.5 x 34.3 cm
Purchase, Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund 2001
44-016

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Agnes reopened on Tuesday 7 July. Welcome back! Learn more.