Cutting Copper

January 8th, 2016 by

Indigenous Resurgent Practice

Two days of performances and discussions

Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2016

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson describe resurgence as “the rebuilding of Indigenous nations according to our own political, intellectual and cultural traditions.”

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice, a collaborative project between grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, aims to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, curators, writers, educators, scholars, students and activists to explore the embodied theory of Indigenous resurgence and cultural representation – from the perspectives of their own disciplines and one another’s.

This event will focus specifically on the role that contemporary Indigenous artistic practice can and does play in redefining cultural tradition, representation, and the relations between Settler and Indigenous peoples at sites of creativity, community, and dissent.

A series of performances at the Belkin Art Gallery will respond to the exhibition “Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity” by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, and will be followed by thematic discussions held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice is presented with support from the British Columbia Arts Council.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Recognition, Refusal and Resurgence

2 pm: Performance | Dana Claxton
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (UBC)
1825 Main Mall, Vanouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Discussion Panel | Linc Kesler, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Alfred Taiaiake; Moderator: Shelly Rosenblum
Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, 6476 NW Marine Drive

This panel will address some of the theoretical interventions at play when considering the ways in which Indigenous peoples have sought to overcome the contemporary life of settler-colonization and achieve self-determination through cultural production and critique.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Creations, Insertions and Rebuffs: Cultural Institutions and Practice

9:30 am: Performance | Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Discussion Panel | Jarrett Martineau, Wanda Nanibush, Tannis Nielsen; Moderator: Lorna Brown
Location: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University Centre, UBC, 6331 Crescent Road

This panel will address the role of performative, educational, curatorial or programming models to investigate how they might challenge or alter institutions’ interactions with Indigenous peoples.

Sovereignty Across Disciplines

2 pm: Performance | Tanya Lukin Linklater
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Discussion Panel | Julie Nagam, Michelle Raheja, Dylan Robinson; Moderator: Tarah Hogue
Location: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University Centre, UBC, 6331 Crescent Road

This panel will explore intersecting fields of literature, film, media, cultural studies, and dance as modalities of resurgent cultural expression.

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For further information please contact Tarah Hogue at 778-235-6928 or tarah@grunt.ca

> link to Flickr album
> link to performance videos

*Image credit: Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers, Resurgent Gallery Happening, 2016. Performance documentation, Belkin Art Gallery. Photo: Michael Barrick.

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