Through the lens of anti-matter, we aim to carve out a space for anti-colonial matter: as sound, particles, energy, and anti-colonial knowledge transmission.
Ravyn Wngz “The Black Widow of Burlesque ” is a Tanzanian, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, empowerment movement storyteller of Trans experience. An abolitionist, and Black Renaissance Artivist. Her work is rooted in Black liberation and Indigenous Resurgence. She has a vision to create work/art/conversations that open minds, expand truths and deepen intellectual commitments into lived practices. Her commitment is to elevate our collective global humanity. Ravyn is a co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. A Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, A steering committee member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, and Co-Curator of The Wildseed Black Arts Fellowhip. She is a graduate of the School Of Toronto Dance Theatre, Has trained with American Ballet Theatre, United Dance Productions(BDA), UARTS Philadelphia, and Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School. She has performed and collaborated with Keith Hennesy(Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient) InDance, Xing Dance Theatre, Earth In Motion, Ballet Creole, Ontario Ballet Theatre, Brandy Leary, Ame Henderson, Jefferson Pinder(Chicago), Victoria Mata and d’bi. young anitafrica (Watah Theatre) recently the Luminato Festival Black Residency. She is a Canadian best selling Author, Directed “Letters To the Universe ” created by Shaunga Tagore, and “Daughters Of Lilith ” created by Dainty Smith. She recently premiered as lead Actor, in Obsidian Theatre and CBC Gem’s 21 Black futures.
Photo Credit: Jackie Brown Photography
Burlesque dancer, actor, artivist.
Virtual Studio Tour
Tuesday, August 3
Multi-disciplinary artist, fashion designer
Virtual Studio Tour
Monday, August 9
Evan Ducharme is Metis with ancestral ties to the Cree, Ojibwe, and Saulteaux Peoples from the community of St. Ambroise, Manitoba (Treaty 1 Territory). His multidisciplinary work examines Metis history and cultural iconography in dialogue with Indigenous perspectives on gender, queerness, and environmental responsibility. His work applies ancestral and contemporary Metis knowledge to affirm a modern representation of Indigenous peoples within the fashion medium.
Evan is a principal dancer with Compaigni V’ni Dansi and founding member of the Acuhko Simowuk Collective. His work has been featured in Discorder Magazine, National Geographic, FASHION Magazine, and Vogue.com. Ducharme currently lives and creates with gratitude on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish Peoples (Vancouver, BC, Canada).
Evan’s studio visit will be posted here as well as @aceartinc on Instagram and Facebook.
Darcie “Ouiyaghasiak” Bernhardt is an Inuvialuk/Gwichin artist from Tuktuyaaqtuuq, NT Alumna of NSCADU in 2019 (BFA). Raised in Tuktoyaktuk where the ocean’s harsh winds carve into the Western Arctic landscape. Bernhardt has a special bond created from this ecosystem to their family and sense of place. Their practice has primarily focused on the narrative of domestic life in the North stemming from memories of home. Their first painting solo show titled Akisuktuaq was shown at Feheley Fine Art gallery this June (2021). They were a part of EVERYSEEKER’s Call + Response where they created video animation and collaborated with Sill and Rise single Pandemonium for their upcoming album. Bernhardt was the featured artist for the Inuit Art Foundation and titled Nanuk and Jijuu at Art Toronto in (October, 2019). Bernhardt’s work was installed at Nuit Blanche (Montreal, 2019) as a part of GLAM Collective’s Memory Keepers I residency, and they were the curatorial assistant for Memory Keepers II at Art in the Open (Charlottetown, 2019). Their collaborative short films have been shown at ImagineNATIVE (Toronto, 2020), Maoriland Film Festival (New Zealand, 2021) and BIRRARANGGA Film Festival (Australia, 2021) for Greed Story. Their collaboration film with Carmel Farahbakhsh titled Nanuk & Bibi was shown at Nocturne (Halifax, 2020) and Toronto Short Film Festival (March, 2021). They were part of RBC’s Emerging Artist Projects From Within. This past year they were awarded Indigenous Artist Recognition from Arts Nova Scotia (2020). More recently, their work can be seen in INUA, the inaugural exhibition at Qaumajuq, the new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2020-2021).
Painter, printmaker, filmmaker
Monday, July 26