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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…

Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle provides an amazing history to the Indigenous Activist Art course, including reference to a project she worked on last year (summer, 2013) at the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency in Kamloops, BC.

Artist talks and performances
Artist talks and performances

Greetings all: Our summer intensive course, Indigenous Art Activism, is in half-way through, and the next few days will feature numerous talks, events, and performances, all open to the public. Tuesday, July 29 Artists discuss their works and the contexts of arts activism, Indigenous practices, and beyond. 10:15 am: Cheryl…

Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants
Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants

Greetings all,This message, is intended for those who are either registered as an undergraduate or graduate student in Indigenous Activist Art at the UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive program (July 21 – Aug 1, 2014) , or artists-in-residence, guest artists, or visiting scholars who are attending some part of our course and artist…

Cultures of Reconciliation
Cultures of Reconciliation

                      A powerful gathering at the University of Saskatchewan, combining the forces and impulses of Idle No More with creative and critical thinking to look toward future possibilities.                        …

Reconciliation week begins Sept 15
Reconciliation week begins Sept 15

It’s going to be an intensive week in Vancouver for reconciliation issues. Indeed, it’s already started with some exhibitions up at the Belkin, Emily Carr, and elsewhere. Reconciliation Week runs Sept 15-22, including the TRC National Gathering and a host of other events.

The Kamloops runs
The Kamloops runs

As those who have been following rmooc know, for the duration of the residency (and from before and since as well), Ayumi Goto runs the land with the music of various artists strapped to her body, aiming to cover 1600 km to ‘shadow’ and respect the walkers of Nishiyuu. Listening…

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…

BC Open Open Education Chat
BC Open Open Education Chat

You are invited to join Will Engle and Brian Lamb on their first BC Open Open Education chat, a monthly series of online discussions on the state and progress of open education in the province, on Friday, Aug 23 at 11am. Will and Brian will share some quick updates from their…

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.

Reconsidering Reconciliation, exhibition documentation
Reconsidering Reconciliation, exhibition documentation

100 images from the installation

Buffalo Boy declares war on kanata
Buffalo Boy declares war on kanata

Buffalo Boy, aka Adrian Stimson, performs at the opening of Reconsidering Reconciliation. A wonderful, playful, and poignant piece that looks at addressing indigenous histories in wondrous ways. This is a new way past colonialism and into indigenous ways of knowing.

Reconciliation, reconsidered
Reconciliation, reconsidered

Art, thought, creation, direction, focus, community, criticality, production. The artists at the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency wrapped up the month-long project today. We installed and opened our exhibition on Wednesday, and now it’s all done but the massive reconsiderations. Next stop, Winnipeg, if all goes to plan. The show itself might…

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…

Recon opening night photos
Recon opening night photos

Take a look at this set of opening night photos from the Reconsidering Reconciliation opening night exhibition.

Reconsidering Reconciliation: the exhibition
Reconsidering Reconciliation: the exhibition

The exhibition for the recon res runs from Aug 14 to Sept 15 at the Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery. Thanks to the diligence of Keavy Martin, visiting us for the last three days of the residence, we have a publication featuring artist statements from all those contributing to the…

Hair: a performance
Hair: a performance

Incredibly emotional, moving, and deeply engaging performance by Peter Morin, Ayumi Goto, Cheryl L’Hirondelle this afternoon. This is just a short segment of the hour-long performance that used the idea of ‘hair’ as a literal and metaphorical reference point for histories and subjectivities of residential schools. To the right is…

Tour of Beat Nation
Tour of Beat Nation

A show like Beat Nation, currently on at the Kamloops Art Gallery, is difficult to describe in short order, even with a brilliant curatorial tour as was offered our group by Tania Willard early on in the residency. But Reconsidering Reconciliation documenter extraordinaire, Gabe Archie, manages to capture the essence…

Reconsidering Reconciliation: the movie
Reconsidering Reconciliation: the movie

Having fun with mock (mooc?) movie trailers. This is Reconsidering Reconciliation: the movie!

Gabrielle braiding hill
Gabrielle braiding hill

Amazing project by resident artist Gabrielle Hill. She spent many hours on the hillside adjacent our accommodation buidling, weaving and braiding living grasses into beautiful, luscious braids. See more photos of Gabrielle braiding hills

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.

Gabe Hill braiding a hill of grass
Gabe Hill braiding a hill of grass

Recon recon artist Gabe Hill, whose tattooing skills have already graced this rmooc, had embarked on another project that brings an intriguing connection to land. By the hill beside our accommodations, Gabe has begun to braid the grass there in long strips from peak to gully. The lines drawn are…

New work by Adrian Stimson
New work by Adrian Stimson

A fascinating series by Adrian, taking images of various residential schools and combining them with storm-chasing photographs, all rendered through painting. Seeing these on his studio wall is an emotional and moving experience. You can see these in more detail on Adrian’s facebook photo page.

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