An exhibition of print works from the Canada Council Art Bank collection, curated by Pansee Atta for the Organization of American States at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

How can art help us better understand concepts like Intersectionality? Diverse art-making practices can translate different experiences, different identities, and the intersections between them. Art serves as a powerful tool to imagine new ways of overcoming systems of oppression, celebrating the diversity and inclusion of groups that have historically been marginalized on the basis of race, gender, and settler colonialism.

Marking 32 years of Canada’s membership in the Organization of American States, this exhibition represents a breadth of print practices in Canada with works that represent, among others, the diverse voices of women and indigenous artists, whose stories, identities and experiences have been erased and silenced in society. Produced during periods of rapid social, political, and environmental change, these works speak to the diverse creative strategies through which communities in Canada have fought for inclusion, diversity, gender equality, cultural recognition, environmental causes, and social progress.

Pushing the boundaries of print media, these artists ask their audiences to broaden their conceptions of what is creatively possible. Daphe Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman perfectly encapsulates these themes, working at the intersections of art and identity, tradition and innovation, humanity and nature.