Indigenous Emerging Artist Program: Whess Harman
From Whess: this playlist is something that could easily be much longer but for brevity was pared down in the spirit of a mix-tape, dipped in the 90s brand nostalgia of running to the radio to hit record on tape decks, which I sometimes feel like we're still doing in a metaphorical way as radical resurgence manifests in our labors. This mix tape highlights moments in art, music, politics and film that have inspired my work, brought me to the dance floor, filled me with rage and joy and taught me that both matter and that becoming whole means embracing each part and finding that often, one point is not in direct opposition to the other. P.S. it was extremely difficult to not just make a Buffy super-list.
Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.
About the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program:
Co-coordinated by Aboriginal Curator Eli Hirtle and France Trépanier, IEAP is an arts mentorship program that brings together emerging Indigenous artists, established professional artists, and elders. Running from February-March 2019, IEAP provides a crucial space for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) emerging artists to strengthen and develop their voices, tell their stories, and widen their relationships to contemporary Indigenous art, culture and discourse.
Because an essential component of the IEAP is respect for and engagement with Indigenous methodologies and cultural protocols, the program will foreground the practice of understanding and responding to the IEAP host nation’s cultural protocols, specifically Coast Salish, Nuu-chah Nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw traditions. Learning and working within the territories of the group’s host nations will be guided by Lekwungen artist Bradley Dick Yuxweluptun and ‘Namgis Elder Gerry Ambers.
Who can participate:
These workshops are designed for self-identified emerging artists of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) ancestry.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
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