During his residency in November 2007, Ryan Rice will investigate the notion of Two-Spirits, a term usually associated with people who embody both masculinity and femininity. This notion recently became commonly used within the Aboriginal LGBT communities of North America. Through his research, Ryan Rice aims to situate and study artists who embrace or reject the two-spirited label, while maintaining a strong attachment to their native identity. This fascinating subject has multiple ramifications for questions of duality, security, identity, sovereignty, as well as gender and sexual politics.
Resident of Kahnawake, Quebec, Ryan Rice studied at Concordia University (Montreal) and at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.). He has curated many exhibitions, including some for the Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Gallery (Ottawa, ON) and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery at the Banff Centre (Banff, AB). He acted as curator for the Indian Art Center (Gatineau, Quebec) and was curator in residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery from 2005 to 2007. He is co-founder of the artists collective Nation to Nation, and of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA).