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TORONTO – One of the country’s largest art exhibitions is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, and this year’s edition has a special focus on Indigenous art.

Sixty-five contemporary art exhibitions, 10% of which are exclusively Indigenous, are on display at Art Toronto this weekend.

Maria Hupfield, an Anishinaabe artist who teaches her art at the University of Toronto, presents two moving installations in the exhibition.

“I think it’s kind of an approach to art that’s more decolonial and less segmented in that colonial way where it has to be a painting on the wall,” she told CTV National News.

“I’m very material-based so I usually work with industrial felt and mix things up and create sculptures that I then wear to live performances.”

Works by Jason Baerg, a Métis Cree artist who teaches at OCAD University, are also on display.

“I think my job as an artist is to talk about important and relevant things,” he told CTV National News.

Baerg welcomes the exhibition’s focus on Indigenous art this year.

“I’m so happy to see more Indigenous art represented at this level,” he said.

Mia Nielsen, Director of Art Toronto, says the idea is to embrace diversity.

“The Indigenous experience is so important to Canadian identity, to the fabric of Canada, and this is Canada’s art fair,” she told CTV National News.

In-person screenings of the works at Art Toronto are available until Sunday, while online screenings run through Thursday.

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