Claiming Remnants: Intergenerational Representations and the Vicarious Pasts of Indian Residential Schools

Adrian Stimson, Sick and Tired (2004) Photographer: Rebecca Rowley

Adrian Stimson, Sick and Tired (2004)
Photographer: Rebecca Rowley

A similar negotiation emerges between the “testimonial” art of IRS survivors and the work of those portraying residential schools “vicariously,” though it is difficult to draw a hard and fast line between these two modes when considering the intergenerational impacts of the IRS system. […] Negating the idea of pre-existing, fixed space, these artists continue the very personal struggles of survivors by influencing the understanding of the residential schools as continuously present and problematic, and by facilitating processes that create new spaces by disrupting those of the colonial project.

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