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It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p | Alyssa Duck Chief

  • TRUCK Contemporary Art 2009 10 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T3C 0K4 Canada (map)
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Publication Launch: March 9, 2019, 2:00PM

TRUCK Contemporary Art and Stride Gallery are pleased to launch It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p, a publication by Alyssa Duck Chief in concert with #callresponse

It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p encircles narratives connected to the Treaty Seven signing of 1877. These narratives are extracted from both historical sources as well as the artist’s direct experiences. The pages of the publication are comprised of personal and archival images of the artist’s family, paired with found text to inscribe the stories of the peoples most affected by the colonial imperative of the Canadian government.

This publication has been created in conjunction with #callresponse, an exhibition being presented jointly by TRUCK Contemporary Art and Stride Gallery. #callresponse is an effort to support the work of indigenous women and catalyze dialogue on the topic of reconciliation with indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. A touring exhibition, #callresponse opened at grunt gallery in 2016, and the project continues to evolve and engage each location to which it travels with specific programming. Marking the final iteration of the project, #callresponse supports the partner galleries’ ongoing work with youth from the Tsuut'ina Nation as well as Siksika Nation artist Alyssa Duck Chief to create work in dialogue with the exhibition. Dubbed #calgaryresponse, this programming engages in intergenerational forms of mentorship to empower the voices of youth and emerging artists.


Alyssa Duck Chief, traditionally known as ‘Siikapiinaki’, which translates into “Black Eyed Woman”, is from Siksika Nation First Nation, which is a part of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Southern Alberta, as well as Treaty seven. They are currently enrolled in the Bachelors of fine Arts drawing program at the Alberta University of the Arts and will be graduating in the spring.