Work of the Week: Borrowed Power

Date: Feb 14, 2018

The Work of the Week for February 12 - 19, 2018 is Borrowed Power by Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert, part of the Letters to Emily Series.

This artwork was recently acquired by the AFA from the estate of Joane Cardinal-Schubert. Borrowed Power addresses cultural appropriation and is included in the Series Letters to Emily, based on an ongoing written conversation between the artist and her confidant and friend, Canadian artist Emily Carr.

The creation of the artwork is featured in the NFB film Hands of History by Loretta Todd – a documentary of four female Indigenous artists, including Alberta artists Joane Cardinal-Schubert and Jane Ash Poitras.

It was included in the retrospective exhibition The Writing on the Wall, hosted by the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, September 21 – December 16, 2017. A selection of artworks from the exhibition were included in a touring exhibition at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, May 5 – August 12, 2018. The artwork Borrowed Power was included in the travelling portion of the exhibition.

In January and February, we have featured Cardinal-Schubert's artwork currently included in the AFA Collection, as well as work she helped the AFA to acquire, to celebrate the announcement of the one-time funding opportunity: the Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators. This fellowship was designed to support the growth and development of curatorial talent and enhance representation of Indigenous artists in the AFA collection.

Read more about Dr. Cardinal-Schubert in the AFA virtual museum:

AFA Virtual Museum