O k'inadas / an artist residency complicated reconciliations

Videos: Videos of performances, interviews, and artistic processes

Olivia Whetung
Olivia Whetung

Olivia Whetung spoke of the changing names framing territory. The Colonial attempts to exploit and disappear bodies. Photos of working bodies were depicted in a book entitled Crafts of the Ojibwa. The bodies were not posed but at work and in motion. Olivia was interested in the stories these hands…

Mark Igloliorte: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Mark Igloliorte: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Mark Igloliorte  spoke of the importance of observation in painting. Photographs depict a fraction of second, life sliced down to moment, whereas in painting hours, days are poured into their construction. In the time that is required to make a painting, the shifting, moving body results in shifts in perspectives. …

Haruko Okano: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Haruko Okano: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Haruko Okano came to the stage silently, setting a small arena set with flour and wrapped fabric. She stared intently at audience, in a combative stance, stamping her feet on the flour. Then gleefully moved into the space of the audience, row by row, gifting dried and fresh seedpods, each…

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…

Running the land, Saskatoon
Running the land, Saskatoon

On her homage to the Nishiyuu walkers, Ayumi Goto has run many roads toward the close to 1600 km that mirrors those who went from northern Quebec to Ottawa to air out important issues affecting indigenous communities. One of these roads was a rural highway outside of Saskatoon — this…

Alex Janvier speaks at gallery opening
Alex Janvier speaks at gallery opening

Alex Janvier opened his gallery in Cold Lake, AB on Sept 1, 2013. The Janvier Gallery is a remarkable achievement, possibly the first major solo artist gallery built on reserve land (English Bay, Dene), and certainly the first to boast such an incredible combination of design and content. Metis architect…

Equity panel at Congress
Equity panel at Congress

Published on Jul 9, 2013 Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Canadian Sociological Association, and the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences June 3, 2013 Responding to the lack of diversity in the 2010…

Garry Gottfriedson poetry reading
Garry Gottfriedson poetry reading

Garry Gottfriedson was such a delightful host for us on his territory while we produced art in residence. Here he gives us a piece on the last day of the residency, a play on ‘cowboy poetry’ and a surge of insight as is Garry’s wont!

David Garneau responds to Hair performance
David Garneau responds to Hair performance

After the Hair performance by Peter Morin and featuring Ayumi Goto and Cheryl L’Hirondelle, resident artist David Garneau wrote this beautiful poetic response which he read to us on the last night of the residency.

Buffalo Boy appears!
Buffalo Boy appears!

Yes, the Reconsidering Reconciliation may be over but the work continues to trail in! Here is a brilliant performance by Adrian Stimson aka Buffalo Boy, all decked out in military gear, in a surprise appearance at the exhibition opening, which doubled as the final night of the residency. “Buffalo Boy…

Gabrielle Hill: braiding hill video
Gabrielle Hill: braiding hill video

Over the course of several days toward the end of the Reconsidering Reconciliation arts residency, Gabe Hill took on the task of braiding an entire hillside. This is on the north slope adjacent to the new student residence and conference centre at Thompson Rivers University. It will be interesting to…

Hair: the performance
Hair: the performance

This is an hour-long performance on the second-last day of the Reconsidering Reconciliation artist residency. We posted an earlier clip, but this is the real deal thanks to videographer Gabe Archie. Powerful viewing. And here is David Garneau’s response to this performance, a poem he read at the closing of…

Mimi Gellman, in the garden
Mimi Gellman, in the garden

Mimi Gellman talks about her time making art, creating, in the horticultural gardens at TRU. The paintings she produces are a direct result of her experience with the land and territory here.

singing to drums
singing to drums

Peter Morin enlists the assistance of Adrian Stimson, Leah Decter, Clement Yeh, Mimi Gellman, and Ayumi Goto to sing to the drums he has made during the residency. While they sang, he read out a Martin Luther King speechto think through questions of oppression, resistance, equality.

Clement Yeh installs Gellman pieces
Clement Yeh installs Gellman pieces
Artists’ projects underway
Artists’ projects underway

Gabe Archie, who has been documenting the recon process, has put together these brilliant montages of artists’ work including studio visits with David Garneau, Cecily Nicholson, Leah Decter, Peter Morin, Clement Yeh (working on Jaimie Isaac images), Gabe Hill, Mimi Gellman and more. Definitely a delightful representation of work underway.

Ayumi Goto’s project
Ayumi Goto’s project

Ayumi has been working on a number of projects while in residence, but the most tactile is her daily run. She plans to continue until she has covered the close to 1600km that the Nishiyuu walkers accomplished from northern Quebec to Ottawa. She is also making one watercolour for every…

Dragonfly in slow motion
Dragonfly in slow motion

At Garry Gottfriedson’s ranch up near Paul Lake, an evening where the dragonflies come out to hunt by the lake. This was shot with a Nikon 1 V1 at 1200fps. Simulacra where the insect reminds of helicopter, particularly in shadow, when the other way around is the true path of…

Assembling a wall tent
Assembling a wall tent

Reconsidering Reconciliation artists took an overnight camping trip to Tania Willard’s land up by Adams Lake. Thanks to Stephen Foster (who couldn’t make the trip, but loaned us the wall tent), we had generous accommodations for all! Setting it up was another matter. This five-minute clip is not a preparation…

Garneau and Nicholson, post-poetry discussion
Garneau and Nicholson, post-poetry discussion
Kamloopa Powwow video
Kamloopa Powwow video

This is from the Saturday evening — clouds had moved in to quiet the heat a bit, and the light began to fade over the mountains as the floods began to light up the arbour, making for an uncanny evening of inside and outside, even though we were all outside….

Cecily Nicholson, poetry
Cecily Nicholson, poetry

In addition to her collaboration with David Garneau, Cecily Nicholson also presented a sampling of her individual work. Below, Cecily’s solo poetry, truly inspired.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, video shoot
Cheryl L’Hirondelle, video shoot

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, resident artist at recon/recon, works in new media, songwriting, community organization among many other media. One of her projects has been working with women in prison, workshopping songs with them, and eventually producing a video that represents this process. While in the residency, Cheryl enlisted the other women…

Engaging with Beat Nation, video
Engaging with Beat Nation, video

One of the more engaging parts of a residency that comes together like this is how the artists are directly involved in the practices around them. Here is a great example. While curator Tania Willard talks about Beat Nation, artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin decide to participate with Maria…

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