Lindsay Dobbin is a mixed Indigenous (Mohawk) / Settler (Acadian / Irish) artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley in New Brunswick, Dobbin has lived throughout the Maritimes as well as the Yukon Territory. As a person of mixed Indigenous / Settler ancestry, Dobbin seeks to embody what it means to respect Indigenous understandings and engage in self-reflective processes of decolonization and reconciliation.
Dobbin's place-responsive practice includes music, media art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in and influenced by Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming. Through placing listening, collaboration and improvisation at the centre of the creative process, Dobbin's practice explores the connection between the environment and the body, and engages in a sensorial intimacy with the living land.
As a passionate educator, Dobbin employs traditional and contemporary land-based practices, creativity, play and improvisation as tools for self-awareness, collaboration, experiential learning and community building — revealing that people and the environment are related in dynamic and living ways.
Beyond their solo creative practice, Dobbin is also an active artistic collaborator, and have worked on projects with musicians, sound artists, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers. They are currently working with the Quiver Artist Collective on a series of collaborative, community-based media art projects across Canada that bring together Indigenous and Settler artists. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter fund.
Lindsay Dobbin gratefully acknowledges the support of: