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Exhibition: Native Art Department International, Bureau of Aesthetics

Jan 22
Apr 16
04:00pm | Crisp-Ellert Art Museum

Native Art Department International (NADI) is a collaborative project created by Toronto-based artists Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan. Bureau of Aesthetics was produced and organized by Mercer Union, Toronto, and is guest curated by Julia Paoli, Director and Curator.

While Hupfield and Lujan both have separate artistic practices, they produce work together under the moniker of Native Art Department International, or NADI. Their multi-disciplinary, cooperative efforts are realized through artwork, exhibitions, and performances in which they often collaborate with fellow artists and cultural producers. Bureau of Aesthetics is the first large-scale exhibition of their work in the U.S., and will include sculpture and video adapted for this venue to address the changing space of the gallery as a site for gathering during the pandemic. 

NADI focuses on communications platforms and systems of support in the art world while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork. NADI seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of activities such as curated exhibitions, video screenings, panel talks, collective art-making and documenting, and an online presence, however all activities contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.


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