Curator’s Biography

Felica Gay

Felicia Gay is Swampy Cree/Scottish, and was born in 1977 in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. She is the former Director and co- founder with artist Joi Arcand of The Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Aboriginal art space (2006-2010). In 2006 Felicia was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Curatorial Residency with AKA Gallery in Saskatoon. She has a Masters of Arts (2010) in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, 2004), both from the University of Saskatchewan. Gay taught as a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan from 2011 to 2013. Currently she is working as a freelance curator. She is dedicated to furthering the representation of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary art and in contemporary Canadian art history. She is interested in the strategies of counter-memory; dismantling and transforming the cultural controls of colonial discourse, and how artists and curators are lending “voice” to their own situated Indigenous-centred knowledge(s) across a range of visual media. Some of her curatorial projects include, Give her a face (2006), no word for good-bye (2006), Politics of Mother (2006), and Othered Women (2008), Lens (2014), and EcoIndian (2015). Some of her publications include articles in Blackflash Magazine, North Central Intervention: Terrance Houle, DAG Volumes: No.2 (2013), and Farmer’s Daughter (Joi T Arcand).