2010 / Ode’min Giizis, Peterborough, ON

X responds to the Kanehsata:ke resistance of 1990 in the immediate, and the present space of a Price Chopper grocery store in Peterborough, ON. Curve Lake First Nation are having a ceremony across the street to rebury the body of a 2,000-year-old Indigenous man uncovered when the parking lot was created. The artist and the assistant perform repetitive actions of marking, erasing, marking, and erasing large Xs on the grocery store wall while, across the street, a ritual of return, a reburial of what was disturbed and removed, is taking place.

Wanda Nanibush, ed., Facing the Monumental: Rebecca Belmore, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2018

Photo credit: Elizabeth Thipphawong / Ode’min Giizis Festival