Joseph Tisiga. Somebody Nobody Was…

Curator : Curtis Collins, Director and Chief Curator, Audain Art Museum

From October 3 2020 to January 10 2021

About —

This touring exhibition, organized by the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC, entitled Somebody Nobody Was…features Joseph Tisiga’s most recent efforts to push the cultural boundaries of what it means to be a person of First Nations decent in the twenty-first century. Tisiga makes reference to an ongoing performance narrative known as the Indian Brand Corporation, while adopting faux Native artefacts created by Oliver Jackson, an English-born craftsman, directly into this exhibition. Among the most experimental works presented at the Musee d’art de Joliette are Tisiga’s new assemblages that include a range of found objects, plaster-cast cigarette butts, and painted golf balls mounted on artificial turf panels.


Organized by the Audain Art Museum, Whistler, B.C. with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Polygon Homes, Vancouver.


Images in the banner

Joseph Tisiga, No Home in Scorched Earth (II)2019

Joseph Tisiga, No Home in Scorched Earth, 2014/2019. Courtesy of Martha Sturdy. Photo courtesy of Audain Art Museum.



Biography —

Joseph Tisiga (1984 –   )

For most of his career Joseph Tisiga resided in Whitehorse, however this past summer he relocated to Montreal and has been producing new work from his apartment-studio. Tisiga studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax for a few years and upon returning to the Yukon was employed as a social worker. His paintings, photographs, collages and installations have been featured in major group exhibitions including Oh Canada at MASS MoCA in Massachusetts in 2013 and he is among the over 70 artists in the current National Gallery of Canada exhibition of contemporary international Indigenous art entitled Abadakone. Tisiga was a finalist in the 2009 RBC Painting Competition, a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award winner in 2017 and a Sobey Art Award winner in 2020. His art is featured in public and private collections across Canada and he is represented by Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery of Montreal.