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Centre for Art Tapes: Aboriginal Media Arts Screening

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 7:30PM
Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Featuring works by:
Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Zachery Longboy
Mike MacDonald
Catherine Martin
Alan Syliboy
Tina Young
Students of We’koqma’q Mikmaw School in Whycocomagh, NS

Curated by Lindsay Dobbin

“Our creative expression sustains a connection to ancient ways, places our identities and concerns in the immediate, while linking us to the future.” - Hunkpapa Lakota filmmaker, photographer and performance artist Dana Claxton

Aboriginal artists stand at the forefront in the process of reclaiming and reinventing cultural knowledge and traditions as well as challenging stereotypical notions of Aboriginal people that have been enforced since colonization.1 Through negotiations of identity, history and resources, Aboriginal artists are continually adopting and adapting new strategies and mediums beyond “traditional” art forms for expression and representation such as media arts.

The works presented in this program showcase Aboriginal media artists who are representing individual and collective identities through storytelling and the exploration of personal, environmental and cultural narratives. Created at CFAT, with CFAT’s support or by its membership, the selected works, while contemporary, embrace the continuity of Aboriginal art and culture. From Alan Syliboy revitalizing ancient Mi’kmaq petroglyphs in The Thundermaker to Tina Young calling on her ancestors for guidance in Untitled, the artists honour how the past is always present and alive in the land and its people.

Thank you to the following people and organizations who helped bring this project to life: The Centre for Art Tapes (Kristy Depper, Thomas Elliot, Keith McPhail, James McSwain, Barbara Jessome, Ann Verrall and the CFAT Programming Committee), Vtape, Carla Taunton, Peggy Wentzell, Tom Christmas, Debbie Eisan and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, our funders and all the artists. — Lindsay Dobbin

1 Joane Cardinal Schubert, “Flying with Louis,” in Making a Noise! Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art history, Critical Writing, and Community (Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 2003).

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