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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Ice Cream Legislature - Regina, Saskatchewan
Maker: Joi T. Arcand
Year: 2009
Country: Canadian; Muskeg Lake Cree Nation
Materials: digital photograph
Measurements: overall: 20 in x 24 in
ID Number: PC2015.7
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Joi T. Arcand highlights the relationship of language and imagery through her piece Ice Cream Legislature. This photo depicts an Ice Cream van with digitately altered signage using Cree syllabics. The Saskatchewan Legislative building can be seen in the background. This piece aims at challenging the viewer to become aware of both the evolution – and extinction – of Indigenous languages in Canada while merging personal perspectives with political. Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. She has served as chair of the board of directors for Paved Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon.