iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p: what makes us love each other

June 5 - August 28, 2017
iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p: what makes us love each other
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Show Dates June 5 - August 28, 2017

Presenter Arts Commons Arts Commons Presents

Venue Ledge Gallery (+15 level of Centre Court in Arts Commons)


Arts Commons Presents
Ledge Gallery

iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p: what makes us love each other
Terrance Houle

Location: The Ledge Gallery (+15 level of Centre Court)
Dates: June 5 to August 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #9 on Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Friday, August 18 from 6-9pm

Arts Commons Presents a special installation and artist residency from prolific Canadian artist Terrance Houle in The Ledge Gallery, exploring indigenous love through family, story, connections and history.

iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p: what makes us love each other consists of installation, performance actions, audio, video and music to evoke the theme of indigenous love. The project is influenced by Houle’s father (Ojibway) and mother’s (Blackfoot) relationship and love, who are both third-generation residential school attendees and met in 1973 in Calgary.

In 2005, Houle’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, soon after his father made a commitment to “Sundance” for his wife. Houles father committed to this ceremonial dance for 10 years in the hope that his wife would recover from her illness. “iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p” is in literal terms meaning “love medicine” or “what makes us love each other” in Houles Blackfoot language.


The Ledge Gallery is the largest gallery space at Arts Commons, and exhibits new installations, performative, and sculptural works in three month intervals. The Ledge Gallery also provides an artist-in-residency program during the summer months.     

Artist Biography

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle's practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. Houle graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003 with a BFA Major in Fibre. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities,

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