Curator’s Biography

Tania Willard

Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard was Aboriginal Curator in Residence with Kamloops Art Gallery from 2013 to 2015. Recent curatorial work includes CUSTOM MADE/Tsitlem te stem te ckultens’kuc, which was Willard’s culminating exhibition for her curatorial residency with Kamloops Art Gallery and featured twenty contemporary artists working with ideas that bisect the binary of contemporary and traditional. Willard’s curatorial work also includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, co-curated with Kathleen Ritter for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and featuring twenty-seven contemporary Aboriginal artists. She is currently working on co-curating a solo exhibition called Unceded Territories, on Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, co-curated with Karen Duffek at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver. As a practicing artist, Willard’s recent project BUSH gallery collapses the boundary between artist and curator while creating space for experimental contemporary art practice in a land-based, outdoor environment outside of institutional spaces. BUSH gallery hosts an annual rez-idency on Willard’s family land on Neskonlith Indian reserve, near Chase, BC, part of Secwepemculecw.