Artist Talk with Skeena Reece | A presentation on art and sustenance, and the importance of your ‘spirit’ in the work
December 17, 2016 – 3pm to 5pm
Please join Plug In ICA on Saturday, December 17th at 3pm for A Presentation on Art and Sustenance, and the Importance of Your ‘Spirit’ in the Work, an artist talk by Skeena Reece.
Reece is known for her critically penetrating and humourous performances, in which she portrays a range of personas that are driven by the potential of a raw exchange with audiences. She relies on spontaneous gestures, satire and the grotesque, or conversely creates spaces of shared vulnerability and intimacy. Reece’s work addresses colonialism, which she approaches from odd angles, hoping to disrupt scripted patterns of redress.
For her talk, Reece will present on her previous work, her current projects as well as imagine her future as an artist. Using a range of strategies, Reece will invite us to reflect on the trajectory of her work through time, including the impact of becoming a mother and other life changes, on her working methods and outcomes. Reece is in Winnipeg on a research visit in preparation for her solo exhibition of new worked presented and commissioned by Plug In ICA in early 2018 in collaboration with Oboro, Montreal.
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. Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery presented The Sacred Clown & Other Strangers (2015) a solo exhibition of her performance costumes and documentation. She performed as part of the Candahar Bar an installation presented by Theo Sims with Presentation House Gallery during the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, and she participated in the 17th Sydney Biennale, Australia. Upcoming solo exhibitions include, Oboro Gallery in Montreal (2017) and Plug In ICA (2018) in collaboration.
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