Instagram Takeover March 8-14, 2021
@ndntrannies on Instagram makes memes prioritizing NDN trans women and femmes. Not here to be gentle.
Performance on March 20 2021, 9 pm CST
Shane Sable is a 2spirit Gitxsan artist, activist, and the Convening Member of Virago Nation, Turtle Island’s first all-Indigenous burlesque collective. Shane’s body of work focuses primarily on rematriating Indigenous sexuality through burlesque and through community-engaged art and cultural activities.
Shane’s performance was produced in partnership with The Cultch, and their mushroom prop was built by Paul Phelan.
Photo credit: Moss Boudoir
Performance on March 20, 2021, 9 pm CST
A true showpony at heart, Lynx Chase has always been passionate about movement and performance arts. Over the years, they have trained in a variety of disciplines ranging from Aerial Hoop, Silks, Contortion, Partner Acrobatics, Bellydance & Capoeira; however it wasn’t until they discovered Pole Dancing in 2012 that they found their true vocation. Lynx has been professionally teaching in Vancouver since 2015 and has also showcased their gravity defying acts at various events and festivals across the province such as Retro Strip Show, Queer Arts Festival, Transform Cabaret, Vancouver Mural Festival, Bass Coast and Shambhala. It is their hope to continue to share their craft with the world by demonstrating the strength, sensuality, artistry and grace that goes hand in hand with the art of pole, striptease and erotic dance.
As a way to welcome the Spring Equinox, two performers from Indigenous burlesque collective, Virago Nation, will perform pre-recorded dances on Zoom. Acts by Gitxsan burlesque performer, Shane Sable and Cree/Métis pole dancer, Lynx Chase will demonstrate the power of reclaiming Indigenous sex and sexuality as a means to reject colonial trauma and oppression. Performances will be followed by a discussion around Indigenous sex, sexuality, and gender, which will be hosted by gijiit.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register for the event.
filmmaker, writer, curator, visual artist
April 5-10 2021
Asinnajaq is the daughter of Carol Rowan and Jobie Weetaluktuk. She is from Inukjuak, Nunavik and lives in Tiohtià:ke. Asinnajaq’s work includes filmmaking, writing and curating. She co-created Tilliraniit, a three day festival celebrating Inuit art and artists. Asinnajaq wrote and directed Three Thousand (2017) a short sci-fi documentary. She co-curated Isuma’s show in the ‘Canadian’ pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Asinnajaq’s work has been exhibited in art galleries and film festivals around the world.
Performance artist, visual artist, composer
Loner Culture 2.0, chatroom open April 19-25 2021
For one week, Kite will be available via a chatroom platform to converse with
participants, which will be linked here. This chatroom is an extension
of Jas M. Morgan’s exhibition Loner Culture (2018) at InterAccess in Toronto. The work itself is titled Better Off Alone (2018) and uses Blu Mar Ten’s sample pack “jungle jungle” to score the
I ground my practice in a Lakota philosophy which articulates a clear relationship between the body and knowledge-making, which has led me to a listening-based, performance-centered artistic practice. I create systems that engage the whole body in order, imagining new protocols which interrogate past, present, and future Lakota philosophies. My interdisciplinary practice spans sound, video, performance, instrument building, wearable artwork, poetry, lectures, books, interactive installation, and more, with site-specificity always pulsing throughout the work. Lakota epistemologies require a commitment to contextual ethics, which demands that the reality of locations be folded into artworks and into knowledge. My discipline is rooted in sound, composition, and listening, with the understanding that listening occurs through materials or systems which sometimes do not involve audio, but can be purely written or sculptural. My research practice often engages with technologies like AI and Machine Learning, through a belief that Lakota epistemology is done through artwork, especially performative or wearable artwork.
Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. Kite’s scholarship and practice investigate contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fibre sculptures, immersive video and sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records. Kite has also published in several journals and magazines, including in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), where the award winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis, was featured. Currently, she is a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and a 2020 Women at Sundance x Adobe Fellow.
Beader, visual artist
Beading workshop, May 8 2021, 2-4 pm EST/ 1-3 pm CST
Nalakwsis is a Cree bead artist, illustrator and photographer from Whapmagoostui, QC.
Nalakwsis will lead us in a virtual beading workshop where we will be making beaded fringe earrings. The workshop will be held on Zoom, and aceartinc. will provide and deliver all beading materials to participants residing within Winnipeg, free of charge. Folks residing outside Winnipeg are also welcome to join the workshop, but will have to provide their own beading materials.
Email email@example.com to pre-register for the event. Please register by April 12 if you wish to receive a material package, and include your delivery address.
A material list is below, for those who can provide their own materials:
- Size D Nymo thread (white)
- Size 11/0 miyuki seed beads
- Size 11 beading needles
- Shepard hook earrings
Workshop recording available here:
Instagram takeover June 6-12, 2021
DS is a multi-nation collective of indigenous women and two spirits from Turtle Island united by their passion for The Simpsons and memes that speak to their experiences.
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande
Installation, sound, performance, and visual artist.
Grieving with the Land
June 28m, 7 pm CST
It’s so difficult for me to try and find the English words to express how I feel. How it feels to grieve. How it feels to grieve with the land.
When I think about my Nehiyaw language, I think bout how it might be to speak it. To be able to fully express my feelings, from my heart and spirit. But for now all I have is the English words that I piece together:
Grieving with the Land
The land holds me
Watches over me
Surrounds me with it’s loving waters
The trees and wind move through me
The sun brings hope, brings healing
They dance until dawn
They tell me it will be okay
It will be okay
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ is a Nehiyaw Isko artist, from Bigstone Cree Nation. She
currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan also known as Edmonton, Alberta. Cheyenne
graduated from Emily Carr University with her BFA in Visual Arts in 2019. Her work often
explores history, knowledge and traditional practices. Through the use of her body and language, she speaks to the past, present and future. Cheyenne’s work is rooted in the strength to feel, express and heal. Bringing her ancestors with her, she moves through installation, photography, video, sound, and performance art.
Soprano, composer, performer
Performance July 8, 7 pm CST
Edzi’u is a 2S Tahltan and inland Tlingit sound artist, songwriter, composer. They were born in the Yukon and raised in Whitehorse, YT, spending a large part of that time in their traditional territory of Dease Lake, BC. They received a Degree in Music Composition at Vancouver Community College in 2019. Edzi’u has been performing nationally for the better part of ten years, in festivals, galleries and living rooms. Their roles in performance life have ranged from solo performer, to choir soprano, actor, and concert coordinator. Currently their art practice centres on weaving electronic soundscapes with audio manipulation, while drawing on classical songwriting elements. Their music and sound installations have been featured on CBC Radio Reclaimed, Talking Stick festival, shown in Tkaronto’s film festival imagineNATIVE 2018 as well as 2019, while debuting internationally in 2019 at the Document Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
Burlesque dancer, actor, artivist.
Virtual Studio Tour
Tuesday, August 3
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.
Ravyn’s studio visit will be posted here as well as @aceartinc on Instagram and Facebook.
Photo Credit: Jackie Brown Photography
Multi-disciplinary artist, fashion designer
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.
Painter, printmaker, filmmaker
Monday, July 26
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).
More artists coming soon…