SAW SATEL­LITE, OT­TAWA June 18 to July 30

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Five In­dige­nous women staged per­for­ma­tive works, then called on guests to re­spond. Cu­ra­tor Tarah Hogue re­veals the sto­ries be­hind these col­lab­o­ra­tive projects.

TARAH HOGUE: Christi Bel­court in­vited Isaac Mur­doch to be her col­lab­o­ra­tor, and they frame the land as their respondent, to per­form cer­e­mony on the land to rec­on­cile with it, and the prac­tice of of­fer­ing and rec­i­proc­ity that was dis­rupted by colo­nial­ism. Maria Hupþeldõs Post Per­for­mance / Con­ver­sa­tion Ac­tion is a per­for­mance/artist talk meant as an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional sol­i­dar­ity-build­ing ex­er­cise among In­dige­nous women. Her re­spon­dents, Es­ther Neff and IV Castel­lanos, de­vel­oped a per­for­ma­tive work­shop on how to de­col­o­nize your­self. They ask whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it is to de­col­o­nize, and what role art plays in the process. Ur­sula John­sonõs project, Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings, uses topo­graph­i­cal maps to plot a line from the clos­est In­dige­nous set­tle­ment to the site of the per­for­mance space. Draw­ing from the prac­tice of sing­ing the land, the line that gets plot­ted will be­come a score from which her respondent, Ch­eryl Lõhi­ron­delle, de­vel­oped a col­lab­o­ra­tive song. The du­ra­tional per­for­mance ac­knowl­edges the land and the role of In­dige­nous peo­ple as stew­ards. In Only Avail­able Light, Tania Wil­lard ex­plores the ethno­graphic Þlms of an­thro­pol­o­gist Har­lan Smithñwhich were shown to grade-school stu­dents across the coun­try when it was manda­tory for In­dige­nous kids to at­tend res­i­den­tial schoolñto ex­pose the con­tra­dic­tions of con­sum­ing In­dige­nous cul­ture while at­tempt­ing to as­sim­i­late it. Laakku­luk Wil­liamson-bathory is a Green­landic and Inuk artist from Iqaluit. She per­forms uaa­jeerneq, a Green­landic mask dance that is clown­ish and fright­en­ing, meant to pre­pare peo­ple for the ex­tremes of life for peo­ple in the North. Her respondent, Tanya Ta­gaq, whom she has col­lab­o­rated with in the past, ac­com­pa­nied Wil­liamson-batho­ryõs project with her throat sing­ing.

Laakku­luk Wil­liamson-bathory Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My body, the land and the ice) (video still) 2016

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