The AGM is honoured to announce the acquisition of Jeff Thomas’s What Happened to the Mississauga’s? at the conclusion of his solo exhibition, A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with George Hunter and Edward S. Curtis. This generous donation by the artist was a focal point of the exhibition, and is contextually relevant to the Gallery’s redirected collecting mandate. Our FIRST NEW NEXT mandate acts as a strategy for the growth of the collection, supporting the pursuit of creative enterprise that embraces diversity, inclusivity and collaboration.
“When I began my career in 1980, I searched for and couldn’t find any photographic work produced by Indigenous people in museum and art gallery collections. I wanted to see what other Indigenous image-makers had made with a camera, and build upon it. As a consequence, I have donated works to institutions with the idea that someone looking for an Indigenous voice, will find something to work with. It is equally important to also work with museums and galleries that recognize the importance of having Indigenous voices in their exhibition spaces and in their collections. And now, having worked with the Art Gallery of Mississauga for my exhibition, I want to donate What Happened to the Mississauga’s? to your collection.” – Jeff Thomas, 2017