Dissections: RELATIONS with Nico Williams

Free admission, reservations required
Date and time
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 7 PM to 9 PM

As part of Dissections: RELATIONS, we will invite artist Nico Williams to facilitate four online beading workshops in September and October 2020. During these sessions, participants will familiarize themselves with introductory beading techniques while working on a collaborative piece to be presented at the Foundation. These sessions are imagined as opportunities to learn from each other and make space for critical thinking about settler-colonial culture and its effects on Indigenous and diasporic communities.

Anyone residing on so-called Canadian territory is invited to register to take part in the workshops. Participation is limited to 20 people, and the four sessions will be carried out online via Zoom. We recommend that the 20 participants attend all four sessions. All the necessary materials will be sent out to each contributor by mail before the first workshop. For those who prefer to learn alongside the artist, we can also invite up to two participants to be present in the gallery for each session Williams is facilitating.

Update 19.08.2020: This event is now full! Though it is possible to book to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Thank you for your great interest!

To take part in Dissections: RELATIONS, or for any questions, contact us at [email protected]

Sessions Schedule:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 7 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 7 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 7 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 7 PM to 9 PM

About Dissections
Dissections is an event series presented as part of PHI Foundation’s public programming. With Dissections, we aim to generate interdisciplinary dialogue on themes related to our exhibitions and foster a renewed engagement with contemporary art.

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Photo: Nico Williams, Carved Out, 2020.


Nico Williams
Nico Williams, ᐅᑌᒥᐣ (b. 1989) is Ojibwe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation. He works with Japanese glass Delicas and creates experimental forms using geometric beadwork. He is an active member in the urban Indigenous Montreal Arts community and is a board member for the Biennale d'Art Contemporain Autochtone (Contemporary Native Art Biennial). In 2018, Williams was included in a feature article and film spot in National Geographic. In 2019, he became a core member in the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Project research team when he was invited to participate in a creation session entitled “Art, Architecture, and Models of Hyperbolic Energy” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally, including his recent exhibition Beading Now at La Guilde (Montreal, QC), in which he presented works from 2014-2018.

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