Extending the Dialogue: A Conversation with Four Indigenous Artists

WHEN: Wednesday, February 3 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, Alberta College of Art + Design

Join us for presentations and a roundtable discussion with four artists based in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The artists are all participants in the 2016 Indigenous Visual + Digital residency at the Banff Centre.

Participants include:
  • Léuli Eshraghi
  • Tamara Himmelspach
  • Suzanne Kite
  • Ange Loft
Meet the Artists:

Léuli Eshraghi (Sāmoan, Persian peoples) is an artist, curator and PhD candidate at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA) in Narrm Melbourne. His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body sovereignty, and queer possibility. He holds qualifications in Indigenous Arts Management and Cultural Studies. Léuli has exhibited in art spaces in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States. He has curated many exhibitions and participated in numerous residencies, including the Pacific Arts Association's International Symposium at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum. He is the Gertrude Contemporary-Next Wave Emerging Curator, with the focus bilingual exhibition Ua numi le fau being staged during the Next Wave Festival in May 2016.

Tamara Himmelspach is Aboriginal Liaison Interim and alumni from the Alberta College of Art + Design, where she majored in Sculpture. Born and raised in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, she lives in Calgary, Alberta and traces her ancestral roots to Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Since graduation in 2015, she attended Culture Camp at Blue Quills First Nations University, received an Operational Grant from Calgary Arts Development for her participation at Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Urban Access to Aboriginal Art Program, won the BMO 1st Art National Award and has recently attended the Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency 2016 in Banff, Alberta.

Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer from Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition and a MFA candidate at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School. Kite's work include drawings, animations, choreography, movement, electronic productions, arrangements for large ensembles, sound sculpture, gallery installation, text scores, and video compositions. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video & sound installations, and has recently launched the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.

Ange Loft, Assistant Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, is a multi-disciplinary artist from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. She is a Juno/Polaris nominated vocalist with YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN, and an ardent collaborator, focused on interview audio, historical research, and personal fiction. She leads outdoor performance, group design, large scale puppetry, costume making, and interdisciplinary creation. Ongoing projects include: Spiderwoman Theatre's Material Witness; After the Fire: Based on Interviews about Idle No More; Talking Treaties with First Story and Jumblies; LAL's all you can hold; and her wearable sculpture line, Cult of Kateri: Armour and Accessories.

Support for this event comes from the Fridhandler fund