O k'inadas / an artist residency complicated reconciliations

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Across the Table: Cathy Mattes and Leah Decter’s Tattoo Performance. A guest blog by Jessie Fosty
Across the Table: Cathy Mattes and Leah Decter’s Tattoo Performance. A guest blog by Jessie Fosty

A guest blog by Jessie Fosty. Jessie Fosty is pursuing a BFA Honours at Brandon University in the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Arts. She works closely with Peter Morin. Her mediums include painting, drawing, and ceramics, and her themes include the impact of residential school and the plight of Missing…

The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau
The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau

The School of Badger was a collaborative performance intervention by Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau and Adrian Stimson.  Jessie Fosty and Tomas Jonsson had the opportunity to sit with Elder Badger (Belmore) and Little Badger (Blondeau) and discuss this provacative performance.  This interview can be heard here: A statement on The School…

An Interview with Tania Willard
An Interview with Tania Willard

I had the opportunity to speak to Tania Willard regarding her time at the O k’inādās residency, and her new work and research, which was presented at a Bush Gallery screening at the end of the residency. Tomas: I thought we could start by getting your reflections on the residency, as…

Process. How we work
Process. How we work

An important aspect of the O k’inādās residency is the opportunity to share knowledge and processes of creating with students in the studio courses. Special guests to Troy Twigg’s performance class, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson and Rebecca Belmore offered insight into states of process, dispelling romanticized ideas of art production. …

Creating a future
Creating a future

  The fifth panel of the O k’inādās residency featured presentations by Charles Campbell, Beth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Srimoyee Mitra and Michelle Lavallee. For this panel a new structure was suggested. Circling back to the guiding precept of O’kinādās of walking on the land, the organizers suggested that instead of…

Tania Willard: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Tania Willard: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Tania Willard’s Bush Gallery was born out of a desire to create a space that acknowledged diverse bodies and attentions. The logistics in child care is still quite difficult to engage in contemporary art, reflected in design of institutional spaces institutions, for normative, adult bodies.  How these small bodies and…

Reflections on times behind and ahead
Reflections on times behind and ahead

It’s been a week since the Summer Indigenous Arts Residency opened to a flow of creators from all sorts of places. There is the core group of four amazing artists who will be in the house until the middle of August. There is the O k’inādās residence and artist collective,…

some+no+every+all bodies – reflections on a roundtable
some+no+every+all bodies – reflections on a roundtable

Every Wednesday during the 2016 UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive, participating resident artists form a panel to engage particular creative/social contexts in a room of students, other artists, and the general public. This was the first panel, July 7. It took time for our bodies to absorb the gifts given to…

It starts with breath
It starts with breath

The O k’inādās residency began with an in-the-round introduction of participants, facilitators and guests. Ashok Mathur and Katherine Pickering led an overview to the calendar of events -an evolving, dynamic document- as well as material and networking opportunities. The mix of practical and conceptual orientations hinted at the infinite potential to…

O K’inādās provocation
O K’inādās provocation

there is so much land beneath Canada. the invisible trickling of snowmelt down the mountain, the air that smells of spring. the first sighting of pussy willows, the blood that pulses through every mammal in every moment. these provocations might not be seen because they are enfolded into the next…

squeeze, the poetry project
squeeze, the poetry project

A poetic project completed at the Evamy studio, Leighton Artist Colony, Banff Centre, Jan. 1, 2016. evamy3draft

Citizenship Test
Citizenship Test

This is a reflection of a short conversation between myself and a man, at the bus stop on the way to school. My son started off the conversation with some intriguing babbling, the man politely answered. He looked at me nervously and then he started expressing his love for Canada….

Reflection in Action, Aug 15th Goodbye for now.
the drum and the strands that connect us.

I wrote this for the final project, might as well share the story here : ) Pjila’si, welcome, If life is a story what story could I tell? During the course of ten days I participated in Indigenous Activist Art, a University of British Columbia Okanagan Summer Institute course offered…

Sncəwips Heritage Museum
Sncəwips Heritage Museum

Feeling privileged to be able to visit Sncəwips Heritage Museum during this course and was surprised it was my first visit. It was great to view the map of the Sylix Peoples Territory early in the tour…it reminded me of the celebrated Supreme Court decision to grant “Aboriginal title over…

Aug 11th Entry
Aug 11th Entry

While working on my table restoration project I had a great discussion about the class with Amberly. Issues such as pipelines and other large projects that have a significant impact on the environment were of great importance to here. I agree with this as there are large effects and repercussions…

Final Reflections
Final Reflections

It’s been nearly a week since our class wrapped up. I miss you all but it’s great to be home and spend time with my sons and my doggie (DaVinci). All have spent plenty of time catching up, cuddling and laughing. This week brought the mining disaster at Mount Polley…

Wrap up post
Wrap up post

I have had a bit of time to think over our time together and I am so thankful for everyone’s contribution to our class. What I enjoyed was the constant communication and exchange of ideas from so many different perspectives, whether it was in class, during lectures/presentations, or in conversation…

Thursday…
Thursday…

Thursday’s entry (a couple days late, just realized this wasn’t posted) We experienced an intense performance art piece by Peter Morin and Ayami Goto yesterday afternoon. I am still processing all that i witnessed and felt pass through my body. The performance danced on the edge of ceremony and I…

RAVEN tricks:UNSETTLE
I had my shit stolen by a raven. I had my shit stolen from me.

I had my shit stolen by a raven today.. a first for me.  

Purpose
Purpose

Delicate dance Sustainability Regeneration We all have an investment because we all have children walking on this land We must come from a heart place Heart work takes energy be sure to self care

The physicality of these ten days…
The physicality of these ten days…

The physical endurance of being present was excruciating at times. Hard chairs under my seat, concrete under my feet. Moments where I pondered if outside was where we needed to be, or where I needed to be. To physically ground. To physically breathe. Perhaps I was the only one as…

Thursday
Thursday

Our trip to the Decolonize me show at the Vernon Art Gallery was very good, I really enjoyed the show that was put on by OKIB members. What was the most enjoyable was the meal we shared after where I got to know so many of you better. For me…

Aug 1st Entry
Aug 1st Entry

For the four years I have been in Fine Arts program I have seen myself as a sculptor. In my style of working I look to nature and possibilities in a material for the form of my project to come out. In this course however there was the blending of…

Last Day
Last Day

Today we will wrap up the Indigenous Activist Art course. Thank-you Ashok and Stephen for your leadership. Listening to some of the concerns of our classmates, it occurred to me that a follow-up session  (or class) is needed in which the future is discussed in terms of positive activism. Bente…

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