O k'inadas / an artist residency complicated reconciliations

O’kinadas: an overview

O K'inādās

What is this project?
O k’inadas is a multi-part project that will bring together artists from various artistic disciplines to inhabit a six-week residency that will result in the production of new individual and collaborative work addressing the complexities of reconciliation practices. Longer term outcomes will combine a travelling curatorial exhibition with a major publication. The artists will be mostly Indigenous, with the non-Indigenous participants drawn largely from racialized communities, countering the usual reconciliation discussion framework that depends on the pairing of European and Indigenous parties. This different formation will be a radically unique contribution to responses to colonialism, allowing for the generation of a new creative paradigm around reconciliation. Curators, artists, and writers will work together to produce a significant body of work that transcends colonial politics and art-making.

Who or what is k’inadas?
k’inadas* is a three-person artist collective formed around the Tahltan oral articulation of
“walking on the land.” The purpose of this collective is to function as an organizational hub to develop creative work with larger groups of artists that address the principles and problematics of reconciliation and land-based art. The collective is comprised of: Peter Morin, Tahltan interdisciplinary and performance artist, currently Assistant Professor of Visual and Aboriginal Art at Brandon University; Stephen Foster, Haida/Metis digital artist, currently Director of the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) at the University of British Columbia (Okaganan); and Ayumi Goto, Japanese-Canadian performance artist, currently a doctoral candidate in Communications Studies, Simon Fraser University. All three collective members have worked together on various writing, performance, and digital media projects addressing Indigeneity, reconciliation, and land.

* k’inadas is a Tahltan word that refers to a person who is “walking across the land”

This project is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, the McConnell Foundation, and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

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