The Space Between Us

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The Space Between Us

This residency welcomes Indigenous visual artists, curators, and scholars from all nations around the world to gather here on Treaty 7 Territory. Participants will create new work, collaborate, and investigate technology as a decolonial tool to discuss culture, contemporary art practice, and the future.

Indigenous peoples have drawn connections across vast distances, continents, and bodies of water for thousands of years, revealing the space between us as potent for sharing knowledge, experience, and technology. Working from the Pacific view of water as a mode of connection between islands, and by extension, Turtle Island (North America), this residency will explore the transference of ideas through various media across geographic distances, timespans, and cultures.

What does the program offer?

In The Space Between Us, older media such as carving, beading, tufting, drawing, painting, and more recent media including critical writing, graphic design, film, video, and 3D fabrication will all be considered.

Together we will delve into the sharing of knowledge and postulate locations of connection in the future, including imagined concepts of place. Indigenous methodologies of collaboration, learning by doing, consultation, creative intervention, working within an intergenerational focus, mentorship, and listening will be examined throughout the residency informing our art practice, research, and conversation.

Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

What length of residency is available?

This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

Visual artists, curators, and scholars of Indigenous backgrounds are invited to apply. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, formal training in visual arts, curatorial studies, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers and communities.

Learn more and apply online by visiting banffcentre.ca.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
Program Dates: November 4 – December 8, 2018

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