Shimmering Horizons puts the idea of shimmer―a concept described by writer and anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose as the aesthetic experience of ecological complexity and ancestral power―into productive alignment with the image of the horizon, a potent metaphor for the future. In this exhibition, horizons shimmer both literally and figuratively: the glimmer of stars and the aurora borealis make palpable the potency of ancestral and ecological inheritance—the future enfolded by the past.

(above/below) Asinnajaq, Three Thousand (video still), 2017, Video with sound, 14 min 04 s, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Courtesy of the Artist and National Film Board of Canada.

Instead of imaging a future in bleak cities made from steel and glass teeming with alienated white masses shuffling under an inescapable electronic glow, indigenous futurists think of earthen space crafts helmed by black and brown women with advanced knowledge of land, plants, and language.
— Lou Cornum, “The Space NDN’s Star Map”
The most likely future is one in which we only have ourselves and this planet.
— Martine Syms, “The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto”

Marina Roy, Dirty Clouds, 2017, bitumen, oil and acrylic on wood, dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the Artist.

(left) Elizabeth Zvonar, Storyteller, 2018, Digital print of hand-cut collage,
23 x 34 inches / 58.5 x 68.5 cm.
Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery.

(above) Elizabeth Zvonar, The Universe Is Mental, 2014, Digital print of hand-cut collage,16 x 24 inches / 40.5 x 51 cm.
Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery.

When the current ontological model of human being does not fit a new paradigm, a hybrid model of existence is required to encompass a new, complex and contradictory lived experience.
— Jennifer González, “Envisioning Cyborg Bodies”

(left) Meagan Musseau, a language embedded in our hands, 2018, Vinyl, flagging tape, and a piece of red cloth. 33.5 x 16 x 16 cm.
Courtesy of the Artist.

(below) Meagan Musseau, time travellers, 2017, Vinyl, flagging tape, and sweetgrass, 11 x 17 x 17 cm.
Courtesy of the Artist.

I think about the hands as being a vessel for time to travel through. It’s very much rooted in the past, and what you do with your hands moves into the future. And all of that is intertwined and woven: interwoven. I think of the basket as a vessel that encompasses the past, the present and the future.
— Meagan Musseau

Meagan Musseau, Intergalactic L’nu Baskets, 2017-ongoing, Vinyl and flagging tape.
Courtesy of the Artist.

Tania Willard, Gut Instincts, 2018, Digital mural.
Courtesy of the Artist.

[S]himmer, the ancestral power of life, arises in relationship and encounter …. [it] allows you, or brings you, into the experience of being part of a vibrant and vibrating world.
— Deborah Bird Rose, “Shimmer: When All You Love Is Being Trashed”
Shimmering Horizons