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February 29, 2016

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice performances and workshop discussions

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at University of British Columbia
Photo: Franziska Heinze, 2013.

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson describe resurgence as “the rebuilding of Indigenous nations according to our own political, intellectual and cultural traditions.”

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice, a collaborative project between grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, aims to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, curators, writers, educators, scholars, and activists to explore the embodied theory of Indigenous resurgence and cultural representation—both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and one another’s. The two-day event includes a performance series featuring new works by Dana Claxton, Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers, and Tanya Lukin Linklater with dancers Mique’l Dangeli, Ziyian Kwan, and cellist/composer Peggy Lee. Each of the three performances precede a workshop discussion that will focus specifically on the role that contemporary Indigenous artistic practice does and can play in redefining cultural tradition, representation, and the relations between settler and Indigenous peoples at sites of creativity, community, and dissent. Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice is presented with support from the British Columbia Arts Council, and is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity

Cutting Copper is conceived and developed by Shelly Rosenblum and Tarah Hogue.

Registration is now full. The proceedings of Cutting Copper will be recorded and made available on grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery’s websites following the event.

 

Friday, March 4
“Recognition, Refusal and Resurgence”
2pm: Performance, Dana Claxton
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Discussion following with panelists Taiaiake Alfred, Linc Kesler, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Moderator: Shelly Rosenblum
Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, 6476 NW Marine Drive

This panel will address some of the theoretical interventions at play when considering the ways in which Indigenous peoples have sought to overcome the contemporary life of settler-colonization and achieve self-determination through cultural production and critique.

Saturday, March 5
“Creations, Insertions and Rebuffs: Cultural Institutions and Practice”
9:30am: Performance, Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Discussion following with panelists Jarrett Martineau, Wanda Nanibush, Tannis Nielsen
Moderator: Lorna Brown
Location: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University Centre, UBC, 6331 Crescent Road

This panel will address the role of performative, educational, curatorial or programming models to investigate how they might challenge or alter institutions’ interactions with Indigenous peoples.

“Sovereignty Across Disciplines”
2pm: Performance, Tanya Lukin Linklater
Location: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Discussion following with panelists Julie Nagam, Michelle Raheja, Dylan Robinson
Moderator: Tarah Hogue
Location: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University Centre, UBC, 6331 Crescent Road

This panel will explore intersecting fields of literature, film, media, and cultural studies and dance as modalities of resurgent cultural expression.

 

For more information on the symposium visit belkin.ubc.ca or email [email protected].

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