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Indigenous Futurism Dance Film and Q&A event

Screen­ing of the dance film ‑The Ways We Love & The Ways We Love Bet­ter” & respon­sive wit­ness­ing with Emi­ly John­son & collaborators.

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty and well-being. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in New York City.

The film performance begins with a gathering at the shore of the East River Estuary, New York with words from artist and activist Nananeh River, and then moves to ascend Jeffrey Gibson's ziggurat sculpture.

The Ways We love....incorporates storytelling, invocation, movement, and light to illuminate indigenous presence and the histories held in the parkland, which is situated in Lenapehoking-homeland of the Lenapeyok people. The evening culminates with the planting of tobacco..continuing into the Spring 2021 with the planting of corn seeds....

You are invited to a screening of the film, followed by a responsive witnessing with Karyn Recollet, Emily Johnson, Dylan Robinson and Camille Georgeson-Usher. In partnership with Digital Hub and Socrates Sculpture Park. Online participants will then have an opportunity to have a Q&A with the artists.

For the responsive witnessing after the performance -Emily Johnson will be joined by the BODY of SCHOLARSHIP - Indigenous futurists, visionary thinkers and organizers:
Karyn Recollet is an urban Cree scholar/artist/and writer, Recollet’s work focuses on relationality and care as both an analytic and technology for Indigenous movement-based forms of inquiry within urban spaces. Recollet works collaboratively with Indigenous dance-makers and scholars to theorize forms of urban glyphing. Recollet is in conversation with dance choreographers, Black and Indigenous futurist thinkers and Indigenous and Black geographers as ways to theorize and activate futurist, feminist, celestial and decolonial land-ing relationships with more-than-human kinships, and each other.

Dylan Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Dr. Robinson’s current research project documents the history of contemporary Indigenous public art across North America, and questions how Indigenous rights and settler colonialism are embodied and spatialized in public space. Dr. Robinson is also an avid Halq'eméylem language learner. Yú:wqwlha kws t'í:lemtel te sqwá:ltset!
Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene/Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, BC of the Pune’laxutth’ (Penelakut) Nation. She completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University where she worked to prove the impact of the performing arts in building confidence and leadership amongst Indigenous youth by learning to talk/embody discussions about safer sexual practices. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University and has been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoralfor her research-creation workaround urban Indigenous experiences within Indigenous arts collectives and other groups activating public spaces through gestures both little and big. Her artistic and curatorial practices are predominantly looking through acts of deep, loving convergences with colleague Asinnajaq (Isabella Weetaluktuk).
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