Collaborative exhibition with work by Kimit Sekhon, NIKKY E and Kwiigay iiwaans
Friday, June 24 - Friday, July 22, 2022
Opening event featuring performances by Kwiigay iiwaans, NIKKY E and Alex Taylor
Friday, June 24, 2022 6:00-8:00pm
Vendors including TJ Felix, Raven And Hummingbird Tea Co, Paperwave and more
Chénchen̓stway is a Squamish word meaning to lift each other up. The intention of this project is to lift up and recognize the importance of the relationship between this land, air, water, and community. It is also to remember that we are not separate, and that we rely on each other to survive. To utilize the wisdom and strength of our elders and ancestors while balancing growth with our values to build relationships based on trust and mutual respect. To reimagine the present and our relationship with our cultural values and traditions, and imagine what the future will hold for us as we take this journey together.
On-site at VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo St
xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) land
Kwiigay iiwaans is a queer disabled multidisciplinary artist from the Haida, Squamish, and Musqueam nations. In their work they explore decolonial 2SQTIBIPOC futurisms through mediums of electronic music, illustration, formline design, hand poke tattoos, beadwork, weaving, public art/installations, and animation. They are a committed language learner in their ongoing studies of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim and Xaad kil, the Squamish and Haida languages, and have produced multiple radio shows\podcasts in the languages. They currently live and work near X̱epx̱ápay̓ay in Vancouver, BC.
Kimit Sekhon (Paperwave) is a second generation Indian immigrant who creates on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. They are passionate about the intersection between technology and art. They enjoy exploring new forms of media including visual projection, 3D graphics and electronic music. Their work is influenced by the fractal growth of nature, geometric composition and experience creating modular origami.
Nicole ‘Nikky E’ Ermineskin is a nêhiyawak mother, interdisciplinary digital media artist, mentor, youth worker, recording / performing artist, and grassroots community organizer.Over the last 17 years she has explored and experimented with many facets of the music industry. Nikky has a diploma in audio engineering and production, which lead to stage managing, hosting radio, organizing events, videography, frontline Indigenous resistance media/ journalism and following her childhood dream of becoming a professional recording and performing artist. Displaced from her traditional homelands, Nikky grew up in East Van where she fought hard to walk this path despite all the challenges and systematic oppression placed upon her. Nikky hopes to inspire other young Indigenous youth to follow their dreams no matter their life circumstances and share their stories with the world, all while staying grounded and connected to Indigenous culture, language and ceremony.
Alex “Pindian” Taylor is a Kwak’waka’wakw/ Nuu-Cha-Nulth Father of two Sons, a writer, painter, muralist, film maker, singer/ song writer, performer, artist and decolonial chef.