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Main GallerySacred Clown & Other Strangers
“Sacred Clown & Other Strangers”
Dates: June 5 to July 15, 2015
Reception: Friday, June 5th at 8pm
Location: Main Gallery
Media Galleryone that wanders silently in grace…okeemahpo
“one that wanders silently in grace…okeemahpo”
Dates: June 5 to July 15, 2015
Reception: Friday June 5th at 8pm. Artist talk at 9pm
Location: Marvin Francis Media Gallery
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About Urban Shaman
Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run centre dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.
Urban Shaman presents contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal art with integrity while remaining rooted in our diverse Aboriginal cultures.
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for Aboriginal art in Canada. Our focus on developing new programming and new ways of presenting, it have resulted in increased exposure and the expansion of our activities. Urban Shaman is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and arts community at large.
• Committed to serving the needs of emerging, mid-career, and established Aboriginal artists through exhibitions and associated programming, workshops, residencies and curatorial initiatives.
• Dedicated to contributing to art historical and cultural critical discourses on a local, national, and international level.
• Committed to facilitating artistic production, education, and appreciation of contemporary art as an important and empowering tool for Aboriginal peoples.
Admission to the gallery is free.
Sacred Clown & Other Strangers
This project is a 10-year survey of Skeena Reece’s performance work that describes her practice as a performance artist, sacred clown, Trickster and the development of role-playing. Much of her early performance work was influenced by Indigenous theory around Sacred Clowning and Trickster, which both are exemplified through ideas around the contrary, and how individuals use their bodies and performative actions to disrupt and add chaos to all types of situations. Sacred Clowning can enact various types of emotions, cause laughter, insert a serious situation within what would be a fun activity, cause frustration, bring people to tears or cause empathy for an individual, many of Reece’s performance pieces have successfully attained such depth of emotions, adding complexities to an otherwise normal situation. Reece creates intense personas for herself and in collaboration with other artists to address politics, economics, traditional representations & concepts to current social issues.
Biography: Skeena Reece is a multi-disciplinary Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist whose work includes performance art, spoken word, ‘sacred clowning’, writing, singing, and video art. Reece is based on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada. She has performed and shown at venues including The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario (2012), Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario (2011), 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010), Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2009), LIVE Biennale, Vancouver (2009), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver (2008), the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (2008), and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2008). Reece attended Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, and has trained at the Banff Centre and grunt gallery as a curatorial practices intern.