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NewsTHE POWER WITHIN: INDIGENOUS CANADIAN SHORTS PROGRAM
SPECIAL OFFSITE PROGRAMMING
When: Thursday April 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Where: Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB
Curated by Michelle Latimer and imagineNATIVE
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Artist: Raymond Boisjoly
Dates: April 4 - June 7, 2014
Tea and Bannock Reception from 3-5pm
at Urban Shaman on Friday, April 4
Opening Reception at 7pm at Platform Centre for
Photographic + Digital Arts on Friday, April 4
Artist Talk at 2pm on Saturday, April 5
Locations: Urban Shaman’s Marvin Francis Media Gallery
Platform Centre fore Photographic + Digital Arts
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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.
THE POWER WITHIN: INDIGENOUS CANADIAN SHORTS PROGRAM
Introduced by Michelle Latimer with a Q&A
The cultural milieu of Indigenous Canadian artists is uniquely tied to their creative ventures. This collection of shorts from Indigenous visionaries across Canada challenge viewers with stories and perceptions that tenuously balance history and future. Bold and eclectic in form, these courageous narratives celebrate perseverance and the indomitable inner spirit, amidst obstacles both physical and spiritual.
“L’Enfance Déracinée (Uprooted Generation)”
dir. Réal Junior LeBlanc, 2013, Canada, 7 min
A young Innu returns to the scene of the Sept-Îles Residential School, in an effort to encourage healing in his community long haunted by ghosts of the past.
“A Common Experience”, dir. Shane Belcourt, 2013, Canada, 11 min
Acclaimed playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this beautifully poetic and intimate exploration of the multigenerational affects of Canada’s Residential School system.
“Snare”, dir. Lisa Jackson, 2013, Canada, 3 min
Evocative and haunting, director Lisa Jackson crafts a stunning performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding.
“Micta”, dir. Élisa Moar, 2012, Canada, 2 min
The story of “The Little Prince” inspires a visual homage worthy of royalty.
“Ruptura”, dir. Alejandro Valbuena, 2013, Canada, 13 min
Gorgeous cinematography and passionate choreography come together to create a visually arresting tale of love cracking under the strain of secrecy.
“I Can’t Remember”, dir. Michelle Latimer, 2013, Canada, 4 min
One woman’s haunted past leads her to embark upon a metamorphic journey towards freedom and acceptance.
“Totem”, dir. Travis Shilling, Canada, 4 min
A bird’s life is honoured in this delicate expression of remembrance and gratitude.
“Sight”, dir. Thirza Cuthand, 2012, Canada, 4 min
Sharpie markers on Super 8 tell the story of one family’s experience with mental illness and self-induced blindness in this absorbing experimental work.
“Vessel”, dir. Terril Calder, 2013, Canada, 4 min
A decaying body reflects the greed and desire of man in this boldly compelling meditation on violence.
“Pilgrims”, dir. Marie Clements, 2013, Canada, 7 min
A visceral and haunting visual poem that traverses the underworld to reveal one man’s unsettling journey to his last living moments.
“Wakening”, dir. Danis Goulet, 2013, Canada, 9 min
In the aftermath of a brutal military occupation, Cree warrior Weesagechak braves an apocalyptic war zone to find the ancient Weetigo and possibly end her people’s suffering and emancipation.
Urban Shaman would like to thank The Winnipeg Film Group / Winnipeg Cinematheque, and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for their support with THE POWER WITHIN.
Inquiries of this event or for Media appointments please contact:
Daina Warren | Urban Shaman Gallery | Director
Dave Barber | Cinematheque | Programming Coordinator
Image from Raptura, dir. Alejandro Valbuena, 2013. Courtesy of director.