Small gatherings, one of the latest exhibitions on display at the PLATFORM centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, has an aura of sanctity about it. Featuring new work by Anishinaabe artist Jaime Black and Kinonjeoshtegon First Nations artist Brandy Bjarnason Bloxom, small gatherings focuses on collective culture and the relationships between the artists, the land and each other.
Upon entering small gatherings, there is a sense of warmth, intimacy and life that emanates from the works displayed.
Bloxom’s works are displayed in the first section of the gallery facing the entrance, with Black’s on the opposite side of the room. While it might have been nice to see work from both artists mingling with one another, the choice to hang the works this way is successful — particularly for Black’s work, which is arranged to create an effective seasonal narrative.
At the back of the first gallery is an entrance leading to a…