rudi aker is a wolastoqew auntie, artist, organizer, and curator from St. Mary’s First Nation in Sitansisk (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and, for now, a guest on Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang (Montreal, QC). Their artistic and research practices center kinship, placehood, visibility, as well as the traversal of (un)colonized spaces through conceptions of counter-cartographies and barrier-breaking.
rudi’s curatorial projects include the finissage for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s Tiohtià:ke Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal, QC) in September of 2019. Most recently, rudi was on the curatorial team for the 2020 edition of the Bienniale d’art autochtone contemporain (BACA) presented at various locations in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang, with a large series of online public programs. Their ongoing research-creation project, topographies of a homeplace, has been presented as a workshop for Queering the Map: On_Site at 4th Space (Concordia University) in July 2019 and as a lecture for the TextilesTradeTime Symposium (Concordia University) in October 2019. The first iteration of this project, topographies of a homeplace: wolastokuk, has been shown in Space Place Home at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery (Moncton, NB) and will be exhibited in These are our monuments at the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB) in June 2021. rudi is currently finishing a BFA at Concordia University in Studio Arts.