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Nico Williams, Indian’s Frozen Computer, delica beadwork, birch bark and porcupine quills, 2017. Courtesy of Indigenous Art Centre. Photo credit: Mike Patten.

Radical Stitch

November 30, 2024March 2, 2025

Beading is one of the defining mediums of contemporary Indigenous art on this continent, and this landmark exhibition brings much-needed critical attention to the breadth and impact of this practice.

From early beads made of seeds and shells, to trade beads and computer pixels, Indigenous artists have long used beadwork to tell stories, honour loved ones, and celebrate beauty. As they embrace techniques and knowledge passed from previous generations, today’s Indigenous artists are using beading to address concerns and concepts related to history, decolonization and resistance.

Ranging from wearable art and portraiture, to installation and video, the works in Radical Stitch connect past and present, as they imagine new worlds. With humour, poignant testimony, and political and social commentary, this exciting exhibition examines the contemporary and transformative context of beading through the innovative works of artists and the tactile beauty of the medium. 

Organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery.  The MacKenzie receives ongoing support from the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, City of Regina, University of Regina, and Saskatchewan Arts Board. Tour supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Curated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Michelle LaVallee and Cathy Mattes.