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Sovereign Voices

Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sovereign Voices is a two-part series taking place on Feb 14 + 15, 2018 with process-based performances, poetics, and discussions centred on bringing space into dialogue with Indigenous languages, histories, and embodied, habitual acts of being. Through a responsive and conversational approach, the series asks: how can space be occupied when Indigenous peoples have the sovereign volition to shape it?

PART 1 // Sovereign Voices
Asinnajaq + Camille Usher + Geraldine King

PART 2 // Sovereign Voices
Billy-Ray Belcourt + Arielle Swift + Erica Violet Lee


Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30 PM
Art & Media Lab, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Artists / Performers / Poets:
Asinnajaq is a visual artist, curator and writer. She is co-founder of the Tillitarniit festival, a celebration of Inuit culture and voices. Curator of Channel 51: Igloolik – the retrospective of Isuma’s 30 years of video and film production – and the director of Three Thousand (2017) which recasts 100 years of archival footage from the Inuit Nunangat.

Camille Usher is a Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene/Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, BC of the Puneโ€™laxutthโ€™ (Penelakut) Nation. She completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University where she worked to prove the impact of the performing arts in building confidence and leadership amongst Indigenous youth by learning to talk/embody discussions about safer sexual practices. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department at Queenโ€™s University, where she will be telling a story of Indigenous arts collectives, gangs and other groups activating public spaces through gestures both little and big. Additionally, she worked extensively with Dr. Heather Igloliorte developing the first nationally touring exhibition of Labrador Inuit art. She was also a co-founder of the Uppity NDNs, an Indigenous womenโ€™s biking collective in Montreal and continues her artistic endeavors with colleague Asinnajaq.

Geraldine King is Anishinaabe and a member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek located in the Robinson Superior Treaty area. Geraldine is foremost a parent whose primary goal is to create kind and gentle worlds for her two sons. As a student, Geraldine is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queens University where she has been awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to undertake work in the transformative power of Anishinaabe love works. Geraldine is a creative writer whose words emerge from here and the elsewhere.

Sovereign Voices is part of the Conversations in Indigenous Arts program designed and supported by the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Dr. Dylan Robinson, with additional support from Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art & Media Lab at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), and Cultural Studies at Queenโ€™s University. This series is organized by Camille Usher, Sebastian De Line, Lisa C. Ravensbergen, and Carina Magazzeni.


Wednesday, Feb. 14
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Art and Media Lab at The Isabel
390 King Street West Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Kingston, ON Canada


Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen