Next Friday, I am heading to Tromsø, Norway for an exhibition at Small Projects Gallery, a small artist-run center. The exhibtion is called In Defiance, In Defense (English) or Nággárvuodas, Bealustussan (Sami). My work in the Arctic will also include a print collaboration with Sami youth, as well as a small series of text-based screen prints incoporating aspects of poems written by Sami artist Sara Margrethe Oskal. These sorts of projects, ones which integrate but go beyond the printed image, ar becoming more central to my artistic and activist practices.
Although many familiar with my work in Justseeds know my print work, my recent practice has expanded to focus heavily on collaboration with Indigenous youth. Although they are not youth, each having successful artistic practices on their own, I am currently in Vancouver (Unceded Coast Salish Territory) working with four amazing Indigenous artists Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Trevor Angus, Jeneen Frei Njootli, and Julian Napolen. This project will be part of the exhibition Beat Nation, curated by Tania Willard and Kathleen Ritter for the Vancouver Art Gallery. For Beat Nation, we are making four lowrider bikes based on the four directions. What shape these works will take, of course, will develop between now and Sunday.
Although we just started the lowrider bikes, I will hopefully get some pictures of us working on these projects today and post them here as we work.