Terry Haines: Coyote X

Terry Haines: Coyote X

Terry Haines: Coyote X

0coyote-x-front-design-PRINTMARCH 14-28 / GALLERY HOURS 12-5.30PM

OPENING MARCH 14, 8PM-12AM
Live performances by Impossible Nothing a.k.a Darwin Frost, ELIZA-EMC, Lindsay Delronde (Mohawk Nation) and Margaret Briere (Shishalh Nation)
COYOTE X is a four screen video projection installation that evokes issues of land ownership and cultural survival through the presence of Coyote, who acts as metaphor and messenger.

Coyote’s historical and cultural significance across Native nations is as trickster, a figure that both learns from his mistakes and complicates matters. Its fundamental nature provides a unique perspective: Coyote mirrors our own actions of adaptation and survival, standing like us in the shadow of a dominant society, amid urban sprawls, colonial ramifications and the realities of expansion. His evolving presence in the land represents a convergence of nature, tradition and society within the spaces he historically occupies.

The contingent environment Coyote inhabits echoes our society’s precarious existence on occupied traditional territories. The serene forest, Coyote’s sanctum, has become a place of chaotic discord and unmanageable transition.  Like us, Coyote finds himself walking through a shifting landscape of competing interests and hidden dangers. Living by his wits in the edgelands, raiding and retreating, his persistence in the face of the human onslaught is both warning and prophecy.
Terry Haines was a multi-disciplinary artist of Secwepemc/Welsh- Tsilhqot’n/French ancestry. His practice, rooted in storytelling, addresses social and cultural issues impacting First Nations as well as our treatment of the environment. His short videos and installations have been exhibited and screened across Canada, the USA, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Germany and Mexico. Haines was a featured artist in Entzaubert Film Festival (Berlin 2010), Dreamspeakers International Aboriginal Film and Television Festival (Edmonton 2008), MIX Film Festival (New York 2007) and ART STAR 3 – Video Art Biennial (Ottawa 2007).

* Terry passed away on March 2, 2013. In celebration of his life and work, a selection of Terry’s previous works will be on display in the VIVO reception area.

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