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Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
Monthly Film Series Online

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 – 8:00 pm MDT
Film watching available through May 12

Free but registration is required here to get the Vimeo and Zoom links:
This is a two-part program. Watch the film on demand on Vimeo (May 9-12), then join the live Zoom discussion/Q&A on May 11

Amá (Mother) Documentary feature. US. Lorna Tucker. The little known story of abuses perpetrated against American Indian women by the United States government during the 1960s and 70s. This documentary presents an overview of federal Indian policy, eventually leading up to the dark chapter of forced sterilization of American Indian women. It aises a range of issues, from informed consent to the interpretation of federal policies as license to exert control over Native individuals and tribes, to individual as well as tribal sovereignty. Mature content.

Live Zoom discussion/Q&A with Charon Asetoyer (Comanche), CEO, Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, and Danielle SeeWalker (Húnkpapȟa Lakȟóta), Co-chair, Denver American Indian Commission. Moderated by Mervyn Tano, President, IIIRM.

CAAMfest 

Presented by the Center for Asian American Media
May 12-22, 2022. Tickets. In-person in San Francisco and online

Online: Pacific Shorts Program

These tales from the Pacific dive deep into our relationship with land, culture and mythology. In Last Hawaiian Sugar(dir. Dèjá Cresencia Bernhardt) a Samoan girl reconciles her spiritual connection to the sugar plantation her family works on; in Kåntan Herero-A Blacksmith’s Song (dir. Sean Lizama) a Chamoru master blacksmith seeks a place for his craft in the modern world; in River of Small Gods (dir. Bradley Tangonan) a desperate young woman in Oahu takes on a mysterious job retrieving sacred stones, and in Kāhuli (dir. Chris A. Johns) scientists urgently attempt to save Hawaiian snails as they face imminent extinction.

Online: People Power Shorts Program

Includes Justyn Ah Chong’s Pili Ka Mo’o about the Fukumitsu ‘Ohana (family) who are Native Hawaiian taro farmers and keepers of this generational practice.

Closing Night. In-person
Every Day in Kaimukī Narrative feature. US. Alika Tengan (Hapa Hawaiian). This first feature of Alika Tengan tells the story of Naz (played by co-writer Naz Kawakami), a late night DJ at a community radio station & avid skateboarder as he navigates the complexities of leaving his peaceful but unfulfilling life in Kaimukī for New York City.

Panel: NBC’s Young Rock: Paving the Way for Pacific Islander Stories
Online. Free but ticket signup required

NBC’s hit show Young Rock, takes a comedic look back at the life and times of Dwayne Johnson’s youth. Join cast members and writers to find out what it’s like behind the scenes to bring these stories to life, all while paving the way for Pacific Islander representation on television. (Johnson is of mixed ancestry, his mother Samoan and his father descended from African-Nova Scotians.)

NMAI Living Earth Festival

Last day! Sunday, May 15. Online.

Across the country, sites sacred to Indigenous communities are at risk because of environmental changes, population growth, tourism and natural resource extraction. At the NMAI, Living Earth is an annual event. In this year’s event is concerned with saving sacred spaces. Four films are screening and a panel of prominent Indigenous activists discuss their efforts to protect sites of cultural significance in Alaska, Hawai’i, and Utah

Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival

May 13 - 22 Tickets. In-person in Bellingham, Washington
May 19 - 30 Tickets. Online. 

Indigenous Feature Film Program In-person and online in US: Daughter of a Lost Bird Documentary feature. US. Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet, Salish). Kendra Mylnechuk, who is also a producer on this film, grew up in white suburbia knowing little of her Lummi heritage. The search for her birth mother leads her to face a legacy of family trauma and joy.

Opening NighIn-person in Bellingham and online in US: The Retrospective Short Film Program includes Jules Koostachin’s OChiShwaCho. Kokoom, an elderly and spiritually ailing two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the OChiSkwaCho, the spiritual messenger.

In-person in Bellingham and online in Washington and British Columbia: Loimata: The Sweetest Tears. Documentary feature. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Anna Marbrook. The redemptive tale of waka builder and captain Lilo Ema Siope’s final years, a chronicle of journeys. Confronting intergenerational trauma head-on, the Siope family returns to their homeland of Sāmoa.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 

Last day! Thursday, May 19. Tickets. In-person in MSP and some online in Minnesota and US.

Online in US
A Winter Love Narrative feature. US. Rhianna Yazzie (Diné). Blue is a 35 year-old Navajo singer-songwriter, struggling in Minneapolis’ bleak winter. Her creativity seems to be hibernating. But when she meets Eddie, a 25 year-old Lakota man, and law school dropout, he could be just the tonic for her winter blues.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Last day! Monday, May 16. Tickets. Online in Canada

Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence Canada. Ali Kazimi. In the making since 1995, when the filmmaker was first welcomed onto Sinixt territory in the Arrow Lakes region of what’s colonially called British Columbia. The Canadian government has declared that the Sinixt Nation no longer existed, but the people speak of their connection to the land that has been Sinixt and wrestling with issues as vast as immigration, land claims, archeological preservation and treaty law.

Bill Reid Remembers Canada. Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). A short film by the legendary Indigenous director about the celebrated Haida artist, his commentary and his recollections. “Under Bill’s watchful eye,” Alanis Obomsawin says, “the historical spirit of the past was so present.”

DƏNE YI'INJETL - The Scattering of Man Canada Luke Gleeson (Dene). When BC Hydro built the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in 1968, it flooded the Rocky Mountain Trench, a region belonging to the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. The events that followed the dam’s construction are recounted in visual prose and through the traditions of Dene storytelling. This is a wider critique of provincial Crown corporations, and industrial and government mega projects done without informed consent or consultation with the Indigenous peoples whose lives will be violently disrupted. -DB

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair Canada. Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). “…A tribute to Senator Murray Sinclair, one of the leading Truth and Reconciliation commissioners. Weaving an award acceptance speech by Sinclair with archival footage and oral testimony, Obomsawin’s film grounds the truth and reconciliation process in a history lesson. -DB”

The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ Canada. John Bolton. Working through The Lake, an opera by Barbara Pentland and Dorothy Livesay, the film reinterprets the original material, blending performance and self-reflection on the settler/Indigenous relationship by two talented friends, settler and opera singer Heather Pawsey, and Indigenous teacher Delphine Derickson of Westbank First Nation.

Spirit Emulsion Siku Allooloo (Taino). “Taíno culture endures through a woman’s bond with her mother’s spirit. Using plant medicines to process Super 8 film, Spirit Emulsion offers a language for Taíno filmmaking connected to land, ancestral relations and the cosmos. -MM”

The Territory Brazil, US, Denmark. Alex Pritz. “Over the course of three years, The Territory closely follows young Indigenous leader Bitaté and environmental activist and mentor Neidinha, as they and the rest of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous Surveillance Team seek new ways to defend their land against settlers, even though it is an official Protected Territory in Brazil. With unique and intimate access to both the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community and the opposing network of settler farmers, Alex Pritz’s film chronicles the community’s fight against colonial deforestation and agrarian settlement within a climate of anti-Indigenous rhetoric, governmental complicity and environmental destruction. -DB”

Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace Canada. Heather Hatch (Haida). In the wake of environmental destruction and community removal, Haida filmmaker Heather Hatch closely follows activists from the Treaty 8 Nations as they fight costly legal battles to protect their families, their communities, and their treaty lands against the imposition of mega-dams over the Peace River in the heart of Treaty 8 Territory.

Film Program - In-Person

Kunsthalle Charlottenborg
The New Red Order presents

April 6 - May 22. Free. In Copenhagen.

Throughout its exhibition One if by Land, Two if by Sea at the Kunsthalle, New Red Order has curated a program of Indigenous films, with this statement:

“For Indigenous peoples, the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against them since the device’s inception. Anthropology's obsession with preserving images of so-called vanishing cultures, through ethnographic films or, relatedly, archives filled with boxes of ancestral remains, has long been a tool used to colonize and oppress Indigenous peoples. In the works assembled for this film programme, the power of Indigenous people claiming the camera for themselves is explored. “

Do Indians Shave? Chris Spotted Eagle 1975. 10 min.
Never Settle: Calling In. New Red Order 2020. 4 min.
Redman. Erica Lord and Noelle Mason, 2005. 4 min.
Mobilize. Caroline Monnet, 2015. 3 min.
A Justice-Advancing Architecture Tour. Sean Connelly, 2021. 14 min.
Reclamation. Thirza Cuthand, 2018. 13 min.
Tupilakosaurus. Pia Arke, 1999. 9 min.
The Couple in the Cage. Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco.1993. 32 min.

Broadcast/Ongoing On Demand

PIC/Pacific Islanders in Communication
Pacific Heartbeat Season 10  
(and earlier seasons) now on PBS


High Tide Don’t Hide  Aotearoa/New Zealand. Niva Kay, Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps. Determined to provoke real action, New Zealand teenagers nationwide join the global School Strike for Climate. But planning a movement and building momentum are the easy parts as they face political indifference, their own white privilege, and the ongoing struggle to be heard...as the tides continue to rise.

James and Isey  Aotearoa/New Zealand. Florian Habicht. Ngāti Manu woman Isey Cross lives with her youngest son, James, on a farm in Kawakawa, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Cheeky and vivacious, the 99-year-old is preparing to celebrate her centenary. Over the next seven days, as James organizes the festivities, the film captures their devoted bond – to each other and to the spirit world – as well as their infectious aroha (love).

Loimata: The Sweetest Tears New Zealand/Samoa. Anna Marbrook. Ocean-going is dying. The director takes us with her friend, the extraordinary ocean-going waka captain Lilo Ema Siope on an emotional healing journey during the last months of her life. A finely crafted documentary strongly tied to Ema’s Samoan culture.

The Australian Dream Australia. Daniel Gordon, Sian Grant. The remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes is the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film will unpack the events of the 2013-15 AFL seasons and ask fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience and survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.

Healer Stones of Kapaemahu Hawai’i/US. Dean Hamer,Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. On Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach stand four giant bouldersplaced as a tribute to the four legendary mahu, individuals of dual male and female spirit, who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawai’i long ago. The film documentas the trail of post-colonial suppression through the eyes of a Native Hawaiian director, herself mahu, and uses rare archival materials and animation to bring the story back to life.

Pacific Pulse Online

Curated by Pacific Islanders in Communications/PIC

PIC’s online series Pacific Pulse presents award-winning short films from across the region, streaming on PIC’s “Pacific Heartbeat” YouTube channel. In May 2022, “Pacific Pulse, Season 4” presents its latest series of interviews of women in film, Reel Wāhine of Hawai’i--Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Kimberlee Bassford, Joy Chong-Stannard, Zoe Eisenberg, Joan Lander and Meleanna Aluli Meyer.

Upcoming Festivals with Indigenous Films

  • Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival, May 27-June 4, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, May 27-June 6, Toronto
  • Gottingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, May 25-29. Germany
  • Mountainfilm, May 28-31 in-person in Telluride, Colorado. May 31-June 6 online,
  • Wairoa Maori Film Festival, June 3-7, In-person in Wairoa, Aotearoa/New Zealand

EVENTS
In-person

In the Pacific Northwest

Mesh 

Portland Arts Museum, Portland, Oregon
November 6, 2021-May 8, 2022

Mesh features the bold work of four emerging and early career artists whose multidisciplinary artists whose work touches on current social issues including the ongoing fight against racial injustice and conflicts over Indigenous land rights. Through photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media they celebrate the ongoing presence of Native American art and culture and remind us that art is an essential form of activism. Curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby(Navajo), PAM’s Curator of Native American Art. See “Powerful Visions of Reclaimed Narratives by Indigenous Artists” by Julie Schneider in Hyperallergic, May 4, 2022. 

  • Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath Modoc)
  • Lehuauakea (Kanaka Maoli)
  • Leah Rose Kolakowski (Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe)
  • Lynnette Haozous (San Carlos Apache)

Sovereignty

Harlequin Productions, Olympia, Washington
May 6 - May 28

Sovereignty by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation) is a moving drama that weaves together the historical story of the removal of the Cherokee from their southeastern homelands and the consequences of the untenable choices facing that time’s leadership, with the struggle of a young Cherokee lawyer to preserve the Violence Against Women Act’s restoration of her nation’s jurisdiction over such crimes.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is one of the leading lawyers advocating for tribal sovereignty, and serves as legal counsel for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and is also one of the country’s most-produced Native playwrights. Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native actors, with direction, set, costume and lighting design by Native artists from throughout the US. Director: Esther Almazán (Yoeme/Yaqui). Cast: Steve Wood(Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Josephine Keefe (Nez Perce), Kenneth Ruthardt (Mescalero Apache), Lance Claymore (Lakota), Estaban Bailon (White Mountain Apache, Pasqua Yaqui), Avery Clark, Jason Marr, Erica McAdams, and Nathan Rice. Also see “Mary Kathryn Nagle Changes the Story, in Court and Onstage” by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner in The New Yorker, April 8, 2021.

In New York

HHS/Historic Huguenot Street
New Netherland Marketplace, 1645: A Living History Event

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15 in New Paltz, New York

Historic Huguenot Street has developed ongoing collaborations with members of the Lenape diasporic communities where the descendants of the original peoples of Lenapehoking--the immense homelands that include Manhattan and Long Island, parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the Hudson Valley--now live, including Delaware in Oklahoma and Munsee and Munsee-Delaware in Ontario. In the spirit of this collaboration, the center is staging a “living history event” in which Indigenous and Dutch reenactors share their craftsmanship and culture, portraying aspects of life in 1645 New Netherland, and also representing the ongoing reality of Lenape continuance and contemporary culture.

On May 19 HHS is offering a virtual workshop on using early county records to discover information about individual Esopus Indian families and communities of the area, presented by ethnohistorian J. Michael Smith. Smith is recognized for his work documenting the cultural histories of Munsee-Delaware peoples and relevant individuals in the mid-Hudson River Valley.

Abrons Art Center
Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

May 26 in the Lower East Side, New York City

Performance artist Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) and Karyn Recollet (Cree) have been producing a monthly ceremonial fire gathering at Abrons, inviting guest artists and organizers to share stories and performances in honor and protection of the land, water and air of Lenapehoking.

TALKING ABOUT

Institute for American Indian Arts
and Jane Goodall Institute

“Rooted in Traditional Indigenous Ways of Knowing” Collaboration 

Thursday, May 12, 6–7 pm MDT. Event livestreamed from Santa Fe.

A launch event for a new collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to increase programming for both IAIA’s Land-Grant program for Indigenous Youth Agriculture--a program rooted in Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and the JGI’s Roots & Shoots youth program in Indigenous communities. The new partnership with the JGI’s Roots & Shoots program will offer a summer internship for one IAIA student and five to eight mini-grants for Indigenous youth, and the Land Grant programs in agricultural and nutritional education.

The event is being livestreamed from the IAIA campus, featuring several special guest speakers, including Dr. Jane Goodall herself.

Also on May 12, there will be an in-person screening at the Jean Cocteau Theater of IAIA’s 10th Annual Student Film Showcase.

HUNAP/Harvard University Native American Program 
Indigenous, Black and AfroIndigenous Brazilian Youth Conference

Saturday, May 14, 9 am - 2 pm EDT

During the pandemic many youth took it upon themselves to create new possibilities within their communities despite the toll COVID-19 was having and continues to have, work which will be highlighted in this intergenerational conference focused on youth and their communities. (The conference will be in Portuguese. We will have translators [Portuguese to English]) Register to attend the conference on the website.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Canadian Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts- Outstanding Contribution Award 

Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree, Siksika Nation)--curator, artist, author, professor--holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice and is the director of the Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University. Dr. McMaster has 40 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. His most recent book is entitled Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work (Art Canada Institute, 2020)

2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Raven Chacon (Diné) has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize--the first Native composer to win for music--for his “Voiceless Mass,” a work for ensemble and pipe organ that “evokes the weight of history in a church setting.” For more see “The Pulitizer Prize Winner that Emerged Out of a Time of Quietness,” by Javier C. Hernandez in the New York Times, May 9, 2022.

Variety’s Entertainment Educators of the Year 

Dr. Joely Proudfit (Luiseño, Pechanga Band) and award-winning film director and professor at Columbia University James Schamus have been named Variety’s Entertainment Educators of the Year. Dr. Proudfit is director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center and chair of American Indian Studies at California State University-San Marcos, on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, and Chair of the Board of Vision Maker Media.

2022 Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian Screen Awards honoring the country’s best achievements in the past year in cinema and television have just been announced. The following First Nations directors, producers, actors and stories, and support professionals for these productions have been nominated and/or awarded, sometimes numerous times.

Motion Pictures

Director/producer/writer Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders won for Best Original Screenplay. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best First Feature. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers won Best Actress. Gail Maurice was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Kendra Terpenning won Best Costume Design and Traci Loader Best Makeup. The film also won Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Rene Haynes was nominated for Best Casting,

Director/writer Bretten Hannam’s Wildhood, was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.  Best Supporting Actor was won by Joshua Odjick. Its lead, Philip Lewitski, was nominated for Best Actor. Stephanie Gorin was nominated for Best Casting.

Producer/director Elle-Máijá TailfeathersKimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy won Best Feature Documentary. Patrick McLaughlin was nominated for Best Cinematography in a documentary and Hans Olson was nominated for Best Editing in a documentary.

Jennie WilliamsNalujuk Night won Best Short Documentary.

Zacharias Kunuk’s Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice won Best Animated Short.

Jean Martin and Tanya Tagaq’s Surface Nord from Bootlegger (dir. Caroline Monnet) was nominated for Best Original Song.

Television

Artists & Icons: Indigenous Entertainers in Canada won Best Talk Program or Series

Kaniehtiio Horn who plays Tanis in Letterkenny won Best Supporting Actress, Comedy

Tamara Podemski in Coroner: Spirits won Best Performer in a Guest Role, Drama. She also was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Drama for her role in Unsettled.

Lorne Cardinal was nominated for Best Performer in an Animated Series for Corner Gas Animated.

Tracey Deer was nominated for Best Director in a Drama Series for Hudson & Rex: Blood on the Tracks

Stephanie Clattenburg won Best Director for Factual TV for Spirit Talker: Membertou First Nation, NS

Angie Pepper O’Bomsawin was nominated for Best Writer in a Reality Series and Charles Martel was nominated for both Best Director and Best Photography in a Reality Series for APTN’s Chuck and the First Peoples Kitchen: Iqaluit - Ptarmigan.

Yasmine Mathurin’s One of Ours, the story of a Haitian-born adopted son of a Heiltsuk family, was nominated for Best Documentary and for Best Writer, Documentary.

News and Information

Tina House of APTN National News won Best National Reporter.

Best News Series was won by APTN Investigates. Best News Segment was won by APTN Investigates: The Death Report.

Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program

The Sundance Institute has announced the 2022 participants in the Indigenous Program’s Native Lab and Full Circle Fellowships. The Lab is being held between May 2 and 14 in Santa Fe, initially virtually and then in-person, and focuses on directing and scriptwriting.

2022 Native Lab Fellows

  • Justin Ducharme (Métis) with Positions
  • Taietsarón:sere ‘Tai’ Leclaire (Mohawk, Mi’kmaq) with How to Deal with Systemic Racism in the Afterlife
  • Daniel Pewewardy (Comanche) with Residential
  • Tiare Ribeaux (Kānaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian) with Huaka’i
  • Tim Worrall (Ngāi Tūhoe/Maori) with Ka Whawhai Tonu – Struggle Without End

2022 Full Circle Fellows

  • Kymon Greyhorse (Navajo and Tongan)
  • Anpa’o Locke (Húŋkpapȟa Lakota and Ahtna Dené/Afro-Indigenous)
  • Zoë Neugebohr (Odawa and Ojibwe)

Forge Project Fellowship 

This Native-led art, culture, and decolonial education initiative directed by Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation) in New York’s Hudson Valley, has announced the six winners of the 2022 Forge Fellowship:

  • Catherine Blackburn (Dene), artist and jeweler
  • Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), violinist and experimental musician
  • Rainer Posselt (Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans), public and mental health worker
  • Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, multidisciplinary artist
  • Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation), multidisciplinary artist
  • Ilgavak, Peter Williams (Yup'ik), culture bearer, filmmaker

The Forge Project 2022 jury was made up of six distinguished Native scholars, artists, writers and former Fellows: Misty Cook, Sky Hopinka, Dr. Rose Miron, Dr. Jolene Rickard, and Dr. Anton Treuer.

Woodstock Film Festival
2022 Residency/Incubator Program

The award-winning mentors for the 2022 filmmaker residency/incubator program being held in May in Woodstock, New York, are Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek), Rodrigo GarciaBarbara Kopple and Yoruba Richen.

INDIGENOUS ARTS
Venice Biennale/Toronto Biennial

In-Person

59th Venice Biennale

April 23 - November 27, 2022

This year’s curated exhibition, The Milk of Dreams, features works of 213 artists and collectives, representing 58 countries. It is directed by New York-based curator Cecilia Alemani, and exhibited in the Biennale’s locations at the Arsenale and the Giardini. Indigenous artists selected include Shuvinai Ashoona (Inuit) from Canada, Jaider Esbell (Macuxi) (1980-2021) from Brazil, Gabriel L’Hirondelle Hill (Métis) from Canada, and Britta Marakatt-Labbba(Sámi) from Sápmi/Sweden.

National pavilions have also included Indigenous artists, this year notably The Sámi Pavilion showing Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna from Sápmi in Norway/Sweden/Finland, and New Zealand’s pavilion showing Yuki Kihara (Samoan/Japanese). For more thoughts on this: “’We Are More Desired at Certain Moments in History’: Indigenous Artists Will Gather to Confront a World in Crisis by Hill Perlson in Artnet, April 4, 2022. 

Toronto Biennial of Art
What Water Knows, The Land Remembers

March 26 – June 5, 2022

Inspired by the multilayered histories of the city’s waterways, the biennial’s curatorial team, led by Indigenous curator Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation) has amassed an exciting array of contemporary Canadian and international artists, with a focus on Indigenous artists.

To find out more about all the artists in TBA--their projects, artist-led workshops, their own brief audio commentaries--link here. Also see Indigenous Artists Take Center Stage at the Toronto Biennial of Art” by Rea McNamara in Hyperallergic, May 1, 2022. 

  • Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe)
  • ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision: Jessie Oonark (Inuit), Janet Kigusiuq (Inuit), and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk (Inuit)
  • Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw)
  • Brian Jungen (Dane-Zaa)
  • Amy Malbeuf (Métis)
  • Tsēmā Igharas (Tahltan First Nation) and Erin Siddall
  • Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq)
  • the Maori Mata Aho Collective
  • Ange Loft (Mohawk) and the Jumblies Theatre & Arts (all-Native cast)
  • Joar Nango (Sámi)
  • Eric-Paul Riege (Diné)
  • Aycoobo/Wilson Rodriguez and Abel Rodriguez (both Nunuya from Colombia)

Indigenous public programs and performance arts presenters include:

  • Carolyn King (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation) and The Moccasin Identifier project
  • a dance performance collaboration with Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ceinwen Gobert, Ivanie Auben-Malo (Maliseet), Emily Law and composer/musician Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache)
  • Emily Johnson’s (Yu’pik) performance in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson
  • Sámi artist Joar Nango and Sámi filmmaker Ken Are Bongo’s Post-Capitalist Architecture film collaboration
  • Talking Treaties Collective
  • Toronto Landscape Observatory
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