For our 2018 Winter Education Program, Plug In ICA is offering a tour of the solo exhibition: Sweetgrass and Honey by artist Skeena Reece. The guided tour will be complimented by a workshop. For this session we have two workshop facilitators. On Monday’s and Friday’s Winnipeg-based performance and sound artist, Ray Fenwick will guide workshops, and Tuesday through Thursday, dancer and performance artist, Ming Hon will be our facilitator. The combined tour and workshop introduces students to thinking about artist’s archives, performance, stereotyping, myth and symbolism, colonialism, the intersection of the personal and the political, and site specificity. The tour will introduce students to Plug In ICA’s history and then discuss the exhibition, accompanied by the workshop. The tour and workshop can vary in length to suit your schedules but is designed to last approximately two hours.
Skeena Reece is a Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist based on the West Coast of British Columbia. She has garnered national and international attention most notably for Raven: On the Colonial Fleet (2010) her bold installation and performance work presented as part of the celebrated group exhibition Beat Nation. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance art, spoken word, humor, “sacred clowning,” writing, singing, songwriting, video and visual art. She studied media arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and was the recipient of the British Columbia award for Excellence in the Arts (2012) and The Viva Award (2014). For her work on Savage (2010)in collaboration with Lisa Jackson, Reece won a Genie Award for Best Short Film, Golden Sheaf Award for Best Multicultural Film, ReelWorld Outstanding Canadian Short Film, Leo Awards for Best Actress and Best Editing. She participated in the 17th Sydney Biennale, Australia. Recent exhibitions include, The Sacred Clown & Other Strangers (2015) a solo exhibition of her performance costumes and documentation at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg and Moss at Oboro Gallery, Montreal (2017). An iteration of Sweetgrass and Honey will travel to the Comox Valley Art Gallery.