There Are No Fakes

  • Saturday 7 March | 8 pm | Empire
  • Indigenous, Art, Ethics
  • Followed by Q&A with Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies
  • CAN, 2019
  • 113 min


BMO Nesbitt Burns


In 2005, Kevin Hearn of the rock band The Barenaked Ladies paid $20,000 for “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth” — a painting by First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau. Years later, when he loaned it to the Art Gallery of Ontario for a show, the curators told him that it was a fake. His decision to sue his art dealer (who insisted “there are no fakes”) sparks an investigation that leads from Toronto to Thunder Bay. Among the stories of drugs, abuse, and violence, there are questions of racism, capitalism, and exploitation. (HotDocs Audience Nominee , POV Top Ten)

“It’s a complicated but fascinating story that touches on art forgery, appropriation of voice, cultural genocide, and even murder.” – Chris Knight, National Post


Jamie Kastner