love, intimacy and (com)passion, in a geopolitical context
A monthly series of video, film, performance and ceremony events
Project curator/artist-in-residence Jayce Salloum
Ceremonial Activism 101: The Gifting
Taiontenonhwera:ton (to give thanks)
THURSDAY FEB. 25 7.30pm
Curated & performed by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Aaron Rice
Featuring Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde and Nicole Mandryk
At: NATIVE EDUCATION COLLEGE
285 East 5th Ave. Vancouver BC (5th Ave. at Main St.)
FREE ADMISSION or stream it live at thirstDays.vivomediaarts.com
Ceremony and feasting is a good place to begin – that which comes before all else. Respect and gratitude. We lay the groundwork and bring the medicines, laying the foundation for those ahead of us. We witness, we gather, we welcome, we feast, we tell stories, and share. We connect.
Upcoming programs curated by Jeneen Frei Njootli + Ashok Mathur, Denise Ryner + Tonel, Irwin Oostindie + Ronnie Dean Harris, David Khang + Phanuel Antwi, Urban Subjects, Ali Lohan + Juan Sepulveda, Raymond Boisjoly + Jordan Wilson, Ayumi Goto + Tannis Monkman Nielsen, Dima Alansari + Cathy Busby, Sobhi Zobaidi + Dima Yassine, Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho. Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue
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T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo//Hawaiian/Swiss). My work spans over two and a half decades, working with artists and communities on projects that utilize technology and community engagement as a means of sharing stories. Web-based works like Picto-Prophecy (2012) – with En’owkin Centre’s Ullus Collective – and public art such as Talking Poles (2009) – Surrey Cultural Capital Art Award – & the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project (2009) all take site specific inspirations and the stories of our past that inform us in the present, while looking towards the future and what part we play in the timeline of our ancestry. Culture and spirituality feed my soul and fuel my creativity. Throughout my life I have been training my spirit to reconnect to my ancestors and bring the stories back to my family and community that we lost through colonization and the Residential Schools. Whether I bring communities together through interactivity like geocaching games or building food security programs the art I engage in plays a significant role. Current projects include a collaboration with Hans Winkler about the near death of a small, desecrated island in Hawaii (Kahoolawe Island) and research on dissemination of ethnobotany from the Pacific Northwest Coast, Hawaii, and Switzerland.
Jayce Salloum is a Vancouver-based photographer and video artist known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States and began his artistic career in 1975. The central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and notions of identity. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. https://twitter.com/JayceSalloum