There Are No Fakes: Norval Morrisseau Event
Algoma University is sponsoring a Sault Community Theatre event that centres on the life of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. Attendees will enjoy a viewing of the ‘There Are No Fakes’ documentary, as well as a discussion afterwards led by Algoma University Chancellor Shirley Horn and previous Director of the Algoma Public Art Gallery Michael Burtch.
Brief overview of film:
After spending $20,000 at a reputable Toronto gallery to purchase Spirit Energy of Mother Earth, Kevin Hearn (of the Barenaked Ladies) was surprised to discover the authenticity of his Morrisseau canvas being called into question.
His decision to sue the art dealer spurs an investigation into the painting’s provenance, and so begins the unravelling of an art fraud ring with fighting factions, all claiming to be the true protectors of the Anishinaabe painter’s legacy—and all of whom happen to be white. Dealers, investors, experts and artists vigorously defend their interests in a search for truth where culture and commerce collide. Questions of authenticity, appropriation and exploitation underlay a devastating story about a visionary artist caught between worlds.
Please note this is a powerful film, and is not suggested for families and children.
If you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected].