O k'inadas / an artist residency complicated reconciliations

passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016

passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016

SSHRC Report from performance: passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016 By Ayumi Goto Submitted to: Ashok Mathur and Peter Morin The original motivation for the performance, passing through encounters, was to engage directly with the many asylum seekers passing through Berlin. The performance was to make…

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…

Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano

Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano

          We located ourselves within the available shade that circled the clearing where Haruko Okano’s performance space was demarcated, by a circle of red paper bags.  As we waited for the performance to begin, Camille Turner looked across to the group across the way, and remarked how…

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…

A guest blog post by poet Cecily Nicholson

A guest blog post by poet Cecily Nicholson

  DRAWING CLASS FOR POETS for David Garneau and for Julie Okot Bitek Figures gone to ground Figures in contrast Ground (plain?) (line?) Figure Form is contained Between lines Lines contain space Something forms Points comit to paper Points connect in line Line commits to proportions Proportions commit to something…

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…

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. …

Elletson Road: A performance by Charles Campbell
Elletson Road: A performance by Charles Campbell

As we sat gathered in the white walled gallery, Charles Campbell entered the space, his head obscured a light blue and brown patterned geodesic assemblage. Removing this and placing it on a plinth, he obtained a phone, headphones and papers. and sat at a small table, an empty chair across…

bodies, words, actions
bodies, words, actions

Taught by Troy Emery Twigg, recently appointed the Artistic Director of Making Treaty 7, The first Indigenous theatre course at UBCO was a 6-week intensive that asked students to engage with Indigenous performance art praxis. The resulting four group collaborations were performed during an open event where artists, scholars, thinkers, organizers,…

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…

Personal Territories
Personal Territories

This week we shared the space of a fourth O k’inādās panel discussion with presenters Cathy Mattes, Leah Decter, Keven DeForest, Tannis Nielsen, and moderator Ashok Mathur. To begin this overview we would like to start with a personal reflection. The iterative processes of learning and creating throughout this residency…

BUSH Gallery : A watercolour response by Jessie Fosty
Jessie Fosty's watercolour response to her experience at the BUSH Gallery.

On July 30th 2016 I had the opportunity to have a tour of Tania Willard’s BUSH Gallery, which is located in a rural area on her reserve. Tania Willard is a curator, artist, and a busy mother of two. The land BUSH gallery inhabits is lush and secluded. In her…

What’s on for the week ahead!
What’s on for the week ahead!

This week we welcomed new arrivals Warren Cariou, Julie Okot Bitek, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Millie Chen, and returning artists and curators Cecily Nicholson and Michelle Jacques, plus another wonderful guest, Jessie Short. A full week of activities is outlined below: Monday August 8 This is the final day to see Tannis Nielsen’s…

Coming Up for Week 5
Coming Up for Week 5

Week 5 is gearing up to be full of events, meetings (scheduled and informal) and spaces for connection, conversation, and community. We have provided just a brief list of events here, but stay tuned as new spaces open up. We welcome Elisabeth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Evan Lee and Camille Turner, and Srimoyee Mitra, who…

Across mediums – a visual response to O k’inādās panel discussions. By: Jessie Fosty
Across mediums – a visual response to O k’inādās panel discussions. By: Jessie Fosty

A cross media response 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…

THE POWER OF GATHERING – A guest entry by Farheen HaQ
THE POWER OF GATHERING – A guest entry by Farheen HaQ

Last week I travelled from Victoria, Coast Salish territory to Kelowna, Okanagan territory, my car packed with my family along with sculpture and equipment for my upcoming exhibit at the Alternator Gallery. I was cursing having a summer show.  I was bracing myself for the tensions of feeling torn between…

Week 4 In Review
Week 4 In Review

Coming Up This Week The residency continues as many of us reflect over the past weekend and look forward to the coming week. Salmon Canning took place over the weekend and will be distributed towards the final weeks of the residency. This week we welcomed new arrivals, Amish Morrel, Leah…

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