Candice Hopkins

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Candice Hopkins
Born1977 (age 45–46)
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
NationalityCarcross/Tagish First Nation
Alma materBard College
Known forCurator, writer, researcher
SpouseRaven Chacon

Candice Hopkins (born 1977)[1] is a Carcross/Tagish First Nation independent curator, writer, and researcher who predominantly explores areas of indigenous history, and art.

Early life and education[edit]

Candice Hopkins was born 1977 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.[1] Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.[2] Hopkins was raised in Fort St. John, British Columbia.[3] She did an internship in Fiji through the Native Friendship Centre, working with local artists in recovering the indigenous knowledge of traditional medicine.[3]

Hopkins attended school for her undergraduate degree in Calgary and attended the masters program in the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.[3]


Hopkins is co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa tomada and recently named senior curator for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art[4] and on the curatorial team of the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma. She was a curator for documenta 14. She has held curatorial positions at prestigious institutions including the Walter Phillips Gallery, Western Front Society, the National Gallery of Canada, and The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been published widely and lectured internationally and is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art.[2]


Her recent essays include "The Appropriation Debates" for Mousse magazine, "Outlawed Social Life", on the ban of the potlatch ceremony and the work of the late artist Beau Dick for the documenta 14 edited issue of South as a State of Mind (2016) as well as the chapter "The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier," in the documenta 14 Reader.

In 2016, as part of the run-up to 2017's Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany, and Athens, Greece, Hopkins co-organized the School of Listening, a summer intensive program in Kassel for students from both cities.[5] In September, 2016 Hopkins quickly responded to the untimely death of artist Annie Pootoogook in the article "An Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016)", featured in the online art criticism publication Momus. For the conclusion of the article Hopkins draws similarities between Pootoogook's generous character and her unbridled genius and Sedna, an Arctic folkloric character who met an untimely death by drowning, and through death evolved to become the mother of the sea.[6]

For the 13th edition of Fillip released in the Spring 2011, Hopkins authored a text titled "The Golden Potlatch: Study in Mimesis and Capitalist Desire". In this text Hopkins introduces the interconnectedness between Indigenous lands, prospectors interests and monetary desires catalyzed by the Klondike Gold Rush.[7]

Other writings and articles include "Fair Trade Heads: A Conversation on Repatriation and Indigenous Peoples with Maria Thereza Alves and Jolene Rickard" for South As a State of Mind; "Inventory" for C Magazine on sound, harmonics and indigenous pedagogies;[8] "Native North America," a conversation with Richard William Hill for Mousse Magazine,[9] and, also in Mousse, an interview with artist and architect Joar Nango, "Temporary Structures and Architecture on the Move."[10]

Curatorial projects[edit]

A select list of curation projects by Hopkins.

  • Before the Internet: Networks and Art (2007), Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[11]
  • Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (2013), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[12][13]
  • Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (2011), Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada[14]
  • Unsettled Landscapes: SITELINES (2014). Hopkins worked as team with three other individuals, including Lucía Sanromán, Curator (b. Guadalajara, México; lives in Mexico City) Janet Dees, Curator of Special Projects (b. New York; lives in Santa Fe) Irene Hofmann, SITElines Director (b. New York; lives in Santa Fe).
  • dOCUMENTA 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017)[2]
  • 2018 Sitelines Biennial (2018), SITE Santa Fe[2]
  • 58th Venice Biennial (2019), Canadian Pavilion[2]
  • Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts (2020), curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and featured newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Canada. The traveling exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).[15]



  • Hopkins, Candice; Swanson, Kerry (2008). Shapeshifters, Time Travellers, and Storytellers (exhibition). Royal Ontario Museum. Royal Ontario Museum. ISBN 9780888544551.
  • Jahn, Marisa; Hopkins, Candice; Golonu, Berin, eds. (2009). Recipes for an Encounter. Vancouver, Canada: Western Front. ISBN 9780920974476.[16]
  • Hill, Greg A.; Hopkins, Candice; Lalonde, Christine (2013). Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (exhibition). National Gallery of Canada. National Gallery of Canada. ISBN 9780888849120.
  • Hopkins, Candice (2014). "If History Moves at the Speed of its Weapons". In Loft, Steven; Swanson, Kerry (eds.). Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art. Jackson 2Bears (contributor), Archer Pechawis (contributor), Jason Edward Lewis (contributor), Stephen Foster (contributor), Cheryl L’Hirondelle (contributor). University of Calgary Press. ISBN 978-1-55238-706-1.
  • Besaw, Mindy N.; Hopkins, Candice; Well-Off-Man, Manuela (2018). Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now (exhibition). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 9781682260807.



  1. ^ a b "Candice Hopkins: International Curator Lecture :: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia". 2014-07-31. Archived from the original on 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Candice Hopkins". Toronto Biennial of Art. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  3. ^ a b c Durón, Maximilíano (2019-06-25). "The Sound of Listening: Candice Hopkins's Curating Lets Indigenous Artists Do the Talking". Archived from the original on 2020-03-12. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  4. ^ ARTnews, The Editors of (2020-01-14). "Who Will Shape the Art World in 2020?: ARTnews Presents 'The Deciders'". Retrieved 2020-01-20. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ Durón, Maximilíano (2019-06-25). "The Sound of Listening: Candice Hopkins's Curating Lets Indigenous Artists Do the Talking". Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  6. ^ "An Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016) - Momus". 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  7. ^ "Fillip / The Golden Potlatch : Study in Mimesis and Capitalist Desire (Candice Hopkins)". Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  8. ^ "C Magazine / Issue 131". C Magazine. 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  9. ^ "Mousse 54 •Mousse Magazine". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  10. ^ "Mousse 58 •Mousse Magazine". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  11. ^ "Before the Internet: Networks and Art - Western Front". 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  12. ^ "Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  13. ^ "Candice Hopkins, Monuments and the Wounds of History". The Cooper Union. Archived from the original on 2021-02-14. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  14. ^ "Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years | Plug In ICA". Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  15. ^ "Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts". Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  16. ^ "Book Review: Recipes for an Encounter". Art Practical. Retrieved 2017-07-23.