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Drew Ann Wake, Gordon Christie and Martina Norwegian Thunder in Our Voices

This night of Indigenous storytelling showcases Thunder in Our Voices, a collection of short, animated films produced by Drew Ann Wake, Gordon Christie and Martina Norwegian with audio taken from stories from elders and activists in the villages along the Mackenzie River. Such stories were recorded as hearings in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, sparking one of Canada's most extensive national debates into Indigenous communities relationships to their land, sovereignty and resource development. Audio tapes from these hearings were uncovered, again, years later by Drew Ann and led her to create an extensive, emotional and powerful collection of short films with the voices of a generation fighting for their rights to their land. 

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  • Posted on: 22 June 2017
  • By: cjsfpa
Speak Up! playlist for 06/22/2017
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Adrian Stimson Interview Unsettled Vancouver Queer Arts Festival
Vanessa Dion Fletcher Interview Vancouver Queer Arts Festival

Interviews with Adrian Stimson and Vanessa Dion Fletcher of the Queer Arts Festival's Unsettled exhibition.

Part 2 of a series on Speak Up! examning critical and indigenous perspectives on Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation

"For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled, I explore the art and being of Two-Spirit artists, and in turn, they expose the issues of historical extermination of Two-Spirit people, the lack of alternative aboriginal sexuality and gender in contemporary Western culture/media, the Two-Spirit movement and future as a part of the reclamation of Two-Spirit identity and practice."

— Adrian Stimson

Queer Arts Festival 2017: UnSettled is curated by Two-Spirit and queer-identified Indigenous artists, and developed in collaboration with Indigenous arts organizations. The term “Two-Spirit” is used by many Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity—often inclusive of all Indigenous LGBTQ+—in reclaiming and restoring traditional concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.

UnSettled presents work from a Two-Spirit perspective, exploring contemporary roles and experiences, as well providing a platform for innovation and experimentation at the intersection between the Indigenous and queer art milieux. UnSettled deploys artistic and critical discourse to focus on Two-Spirit resilience with work addressing power, representation, sexuality, language, body, tradition, memory, colonial narratives, and knowledge sharing. Highlights include performances by Cris Derksen with the Chippewa Travellers and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Kinnie Starr with DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses, contemporary dance with Circadia Indigena, lemonTree creations’ dance theatre work MSM [men seeking men], and of course QAF’s signature visual art show curated this year by Adrian Stimson.

UnSettled takes place June 17-29, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre | 181 Roundhouse Mews | Davie @ Pacific | Vancouver BC

 

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, collodion wet plate photography, sculpture and performance.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. She links these ideas to personal experiences with language, fluency, and understanding. All of these themes are brought together in the context of her Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry, and her learning disability caused by a lack of short-term memory. Her work is held in the Indigenous Art Center Collection in Gatineau, Quebec. In 2016, Dion Fletcher graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in performance. She is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico U.S.A. 

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  • Posted on: 21 June 2017
  • By: cjsfpa
Speak Up! playlist for 06/06/2017
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Curated by: Brian Jungen and Melanie O'Brian, with Brittney and Richelle Bear Hat, Jennifer Bowes, Brenda Draney, Emilie Mattson, Karl Mattson, Garry Oker Maps and Dreams: Exhibition Opening

Maps and Dreams: Exhibition Opening at Audain Gallery 

Curated by: Brian Jungen and Melanie O'Brian, with Brittney and Richelle Bear Hat, Jennifer Bowes, Brenda Draney, Emilie Mattson, Karl Mattson, Garry Oker

Maps and Dreams is a group exhibition of work by contemporary artists that explores conceptions and implications of land use through cultural and industrial lenses. The exhibition specifically considers the territory of the Dane-zaa people of northeastern British Columbia, now in Treaty 8. Borrowing the title from Hugh Brody's book Maps and Dreams, a 1981 anthropological study of the Dane-zaa, the exhibition includes work by artists who consider how this land and its intersection with human use is articulated, represented and contested.

https://www.sfu.ca/galleries/audain-gallery/Maps-and-Dreams.html

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  • Posted on: 7 June 2017
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Speak Up! playlist for 06/01/2017
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Minimal Violence Night Gym Night Gym 1080p Collection

From local electronic collective GroundWerk's 2nd birthday party: the DIY Events in Vancouver panel featuring Alexandra Chen (Subversive), Willis Lombard (SHAHdjs), Matt Troy (Vancouver Art and Leisure), Char Loro (ShapeShifterStudio)

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  • Posted on: 1 June 2017
  • By: cjsfpa