Moss

© I. Barbour, 2013

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© I. Barbour, 2013

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Moss

Exhibition
September 16 – October 21, 2017
presented in partnership with Plug In ICA

Talk
Saturday, September 16 at 1 pm
Skeena Reece, Skawennati, Courtney Montour, Melody McKiver
POP Box (Quartiers POP), 3450 Saint-Urbain Street, Montreal

Opening
Saturday, September 16 at 5 pm

Performance
Saturday, September 16 at 6:30 pm
presented in collaboration with Pop Montréal

A land and peoples ackowledgment will be offered by Skawennati, Mohawk artist and OBORO board member during the opening ceremony.

           

Moss means medicine and utility to me. Here is my moss bag. It holds an adult form. It belies the continued need for care throughout our lifetimes and does not stop after we grow out of our bag. More than ever we need compassion and to right our wrongs as if we were young children just learning. My commissioned painting by Collin Elder references the romanticism of Indigenous form and trivializes our connection to the natural world. The photographs of my skin with commissioned cartoons by Gord Hill is a direct response telling my real story. The performance uses photos of Tsimshian artifacts that were taken during the potlatch ban as redrawn commissioned drawings by Nathalee Paonelli. I reclaim and redraw my past, present and future. I answer appropriation with the appropriate. I reframe my helplessness. I share my moss, my medicine that can never die no matter what happens along the way. Join me.

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Skeena Reece

Skeena Reece is a multi-disciplinary Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist whose work includes performance art, spoken word, ‘sacred clowning’, writing, singing, and video art. Reece is based on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada. She has performed and shown at venues including The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario (2012), Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario (2011), 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010), Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2009), LIVE Biennale, Vancouver (2009), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver (2008), the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (2008), and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2008). Reece attended Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, and has trained at the Banff Centre and grunt gallery as a curatorial practices intern.