Native Art Department International
A Practical Guide to Localization
The creative starting point for this exhibition, A Practical Guide to Localization, by Native Art Department International (NADI) is a custom-made traffic barrier that has been taken apart and re-assembled in an improvised fashion. This gesture counters the expected aesthetic experience of a centre primarily known for printmaking. The materially versatile works exhibited in A Practical Guide to Localization are informed by their shared interests in place, memory, and language. Through the exhibition, Indigenous verbal form is given visual form. It is intended to be a biographical space composed of objects, images, reflections and sensations.
Native Art Department International (NADI) is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan that began in Brooklyn in 2016 and is now based in Toronto. It focuses on communications platforms and art-world systems of support while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork. It seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of undertakings such as unannounced actions, curatorial projects, video screenings, collective art-making, and mixed-use installations; however, all activities contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.