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Summer Intensive, 2016

Creative Conciliations has supported the UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive since 2014, providing funding for projects, artists, and research assistants.

This past summer was entitled: O k’inādās // complicated reconciliations: an artist residency
The k’inādās artist collective acknowledges an award received from the {Re}conciliation initiative with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Full information on the residency is available at rmooc.ca

Below are some images from the salmon canning event several of the artists organized in the middle of the residency.
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Pedagogy of Place — UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive, 2015

The 2015 Summer Indigenous Intensive course at UBC-Okanagan is entitled Pedagogy of Place, and focusses on differing ways to encounter space/place in Indigenous contexts. Many guests, many faculty visits, many thoughts circulating!

Tannis Monkman Nielsen, course coordinator of Pedagogy of Place.

Tannis Monkman Nielsen

Tannis Monkman Nielsen

David Garneau visits Indigenous summer residency to work with Westbank community.

David Garneau visits indigenous summer residency to do work with Westbank community

David Garneau visits indigenous summer residency to do work with Westbank community

Peter Morin and David Garneau at the Woodhaven retreat.

Peter Morin and David Garneau

Peter Morin and David Garneau

Jason Lewis, artist in residence at Woodhaven.

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Jason Lewis

Stephen Foster introduces Jason Lewis and Skawennati Fragnito.

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

Skawennatti Fragnito presents her work at Pedagogy of Place.

Skawennati Fragnito

Skawennati Fragnito

Stephen Foster adjust the data project during Pedagogy of Place.

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

In Regina #decolonizemyheart

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The performance by Peter Morin, today. Right now he is about to give a talk, Art for Lunch at the University of Regina, home for artist/curator/critic David Garneau, who

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is co-curating the Moving Forward, Never Forgetting show at the Mackenzie Gallery. Funnily enough, as we prepare for this, Garneau and I were talking about grad schools and art, and David says he wants me to pitch UBCO and its MFA program to his 4th year students, which I’m always glad to do. Hope i convinced some to come on in! I’ve tapped in a collage of Peter’s racist books, drawn from posts he’s been uploading to facebook for the past little while. Here in Regina, he does workshops with folks who want to work with him on this decolonizingmyheart project. What will happen? He tells us he will wash the books. He tells us he will cleanse them. He tells us some folks have trouble that he is doing this to books, but he says he doesn’t want to hurt the books but to change the books, what they mean, and how they can change just as we can. This is the project.

 

 

Ready to heart-decolonize

heart-decolon2Almost ready to get ready to ready ourselves for this project, #decolonizemyheart. This will be a project led by Tahltan performance artist Peter Morin, a residency culminating in a four-

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hour act at the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina. Part of the larger project “Moving Forward, Never Forgetting,” curated by Michelle Lavalee and David Garneau, the heart/root of the performance will be to salvage, cleanse, and honour books that reflect the ugly histories of colonization, books which arguably enter our bloodstream, our pores, and our hearts. So in order to address such a large terrain, my response to Morin’s project will be one of memes and memories. Using the hashtag #decolonizemyheart and social media instruments such as facebook, twitter, instagram, and blogs, the hope/aspiration is to re-represent criticality in the context of art that performs a social action.

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#decolonizemyheart: performance and response

#decolonizemyheart: performance and response

 

Thinking toward a project — writing, photo, reflection, social media — in response to Peter Morin’s new residency work, #decolonizemyheart, at the Moving Forward, Never Forgetting exhibition curated by David Garneau and Michelle Lavalee at the Mackenzie Gallery. His performance will be Feb 27, so will be packing up my kit and travelling from Kelowna to Regina the day before to talk and walk beside this performer. Last we worked together, I was semi-curating a piece he did at the Algoma Art Gallery, Sault Ste Marie. I say ‘semi’ because while the intent was to help develop the work with him, it was really pretty much a project that rolled out as he worked with the gallery and folks like Jonathan Dewar at Algoma University. I did write a brief ‘curatorial’ piece on that work, copied below, but this piece will be quite different. I hope to use a variety of social media and non-mediated modes of communication, combatting the essaying nature of talk-about-art, and trying to float more into a space of talking-around-concepts. An experiment which can lead nowhere, logistically, because it won’t exist as a singularly-housed piece, bloggish or otherwise. SO, remains to be seen. Let’s see where this takes us. (If you want to see the earlier writing on Morin’s ‘escape stories’ piece, click on more)

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