fORUM: NADI | COUSIN | Ogimaa Mikana Project

12 September 2020 3pm


Native Art Department International invites members of COUSIN and Ogimaa Mikana Project to discuss horizontality as a strategic and behavioural order in collective practice and community development. Utilizing both the gallery and Zoom as spaces that can be activated by bodies and voices, this event is simultaneously a panel and a performance. The artists will broadcast from locations within the gallery, speaking to collaboration and what it can look like in these unprecedented and trying times. Together they will consider how the methodologies that orient collaborative work can model strategies for navigating disparate civic and artistic communities and institutions. 

COUSIN (Canada, USA) is a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film and is co-founded by Alex Lazarowich (Cree, Northern Alberta), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Adam Khalil (Anishinaabe, Bahweting), and Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk).  

Ogimaa Mikana Project (Canada) is an artist collective founded by Susan Blight (Anishinaabe, Couchiching) and Hayden King (Anishinaabe, Gchi’mnissing) in January 2013. Through public art, site-specific intervention, and social practice, they assert Anishinaabe self-determination on the land and in the public sphere. 

Native Art Department International (Canada, USA) is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by  Maria Hupfield (Anishinaabe, Wasauksing) and Jason Lujan (Chiricahua Apache). Their work focuses on communications platforms and systems of support in the art world while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork.

fORUM is Mercer Union’s ongoing series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances. Free as always.