Artist Gina Adams has resigned as an assistant professor at Emily Carr University after her claim to Indigenous identity has raised questions, according to a statement released yesterday, Sept. 6. ceremonies, and land, Recruited at Emily Carr in 2019 as part of targeted cluster recruitment of new Indigenous faculty. Emily Carr is a public post-secondary art and design school in Vancouver, Canada.
The school’s statement follows a long-form report published this week in the Canadian magazine. McLean’s By writer Michelle Cyca, a former employee of Emily Carr’s communications department. This article amplifies the question originally posed by her anonymous Twitter account, NoMoreRedFace. Starting in 2020, NoMoreRedFace has accused several individuals of indigenous ancestry forging their identities. (Adams said he resigned on August 25, before the article was published.)
Adams has not yet responded to Hyperallergic’s immediate request for comment.
Prior to joining Emily Carr, she was an assistant professor of visual arts at Naropa University, a small private university in Boulder, Colorado. When she joined her faculty in August, Adams announced in her college presentation as “a contemporary indigenous hybrid her artist of the Lakota ancestry of Ojibwa her Anisinaabe and her White Earth Reserve Wavonaquart in Minnesota.” Was introduced. (Adams’ website specifies that her biography is of “both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial American descent.”) Traditional and contemporary indigenous art.
In a 2017 essay for Adams’ exhibition, art critic Lucy Rippard wrote in a footnote that Adams “slightly regrets the lack of tribal membership papers.” “No paper can make that bond stronger,” she says. Lippard rated the series as Adams’ most “moving body of work”. Celebrate modern day unidentifiedan anonymous indigenous photograph is behind the encaustic, symbolizing historical erasure and loss of identity, which Adams linked to what he purported to be his grandfather’s life.
In March 2021, NoMoreRedFace claimed in a lengthy Twitter thread that Adams’ grandfather was not Ojibwe as Adams speculated, but a white male named Albert Therio, born to French-Canadian parents. In response, in a 1,500-word statement privately shared with certain people associated with Emily Carr, Adams said her grandfather was a Chippewa, she grew up on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, and was an assimilationist. was forcibly transferred to Carlisle School, a boarding school in the United States. “I will say nothing to those on social media who have questioned my legitimate heritage,” she wrote in a statement. McLean’s“I am delighted to share my family’s lineage with my gallerists, my university, and the Indigenous communities that I deeply admire.”
with deer McLean’s Independently verified historical records listing Adam’s grandfather as white. Cyca also contacted several of Adams’ living family members, but was unable to confirm Adams’ indigenous claims.with deer McLean’s When fact-checkers contacted the White Earth Nation that Adams claims to belong to, the tribe’s registration director was unable to find any records of her, her parents, or her grandparents. .
“Emily Carr University takes allegations that our faculty members have made false claims about their Indigenous identity very seriously,” of Indigenous Identity Claims in the Hiring Process. The university, however, denies there was any apparent failure in recruiting Adams. and a rigorous process that included one-on-one meetings with non-Indigenous teachers. While this is an evolving field, ECU believes this recruitment process follows best practices of the time. ”
Adams’ narrative around identity claims recalls similar cases in which Aboriginal ancestry is questioned in the academic realm. Last year, former SFU curator of her gallery, her cheyanne turions, resigned after confessing in a blog post that she wasn’t sure about her own Ojibway ancestry. Turions had received her more than $100,000 grant from a Canadian funding organization for indigenous peoples.
Cyca wrote in the article: But universities need to look not only after, prompted by media investigations, but also in the past. I don’t think their reluctance to do so stems from indifference. University leaders believe themselves to be on the side of indigenous peoples, and I think they are unable to face the truth that their efforts may have done more harm than good. “