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Interrelation: Mohkinstsís

 

TRUCK Contemporary Art and the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts present Interrelation: Mohkinstsis by Meagan Musseau in collaboration with Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand.

 

July 3rd 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

At the confluence of where the Elbow river meets the Bow river

near Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Free and open to all

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TRUCK Contemporary Art in partnership with the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts are pleased to present Meagan Musseau in collaboration with Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand.

Interrelation: Mohkinstsís is the third in a series of land-based endurance performances by Meagan Musseau, with prior iterations on Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, Treaty 7 Territory (Banff, AB) and on Wolastoqiyik territory (Fredericton, NB). In the performance, Meagan braids vinyl flagging tape from a tree and continues until she reaches the end of the tape. An offering and a point of engagement with the land, water, and spirit of this region, the action unfolds as a means for the artist to access ancestral Mi’kmaq knowledges through making, and to connect, as a visitor to Treaty 7 Territory. For Interrelation: Mohkinstsís, Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand provides the heartbeat, grounding Meagan’s actions through song, where the Elbow river flows and meets many other great streams, and where stories of the Niitsitapi’s creation begins.

 

A note to attendees, this event will be filmed. Documentation and ephemera from Interrelation: Mohkinstsís will be included in Meagan’s forthcoming Main Space exhibition at TRUCK in winter 2020, alongside those iterations that have come before, and those afterwards.

 

Meagan Musseau is an interdisciplinary artist of Mi'kmaq and French ancestry from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). She works with customary art practices and new media, such as beadwork, basketry, performance and installation to explore memory, language, and the relationship between land and body, object and narrative. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in venues such as FLUX Media Art Gallery, Victoria; Open Space, Victoria; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg; Connexion artist-run centre, Fredericton; Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook; and Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s. Musseau’s practice has been supported by awards including the Emerging Artist Award, VANL-CARFAC (2018); Atlantic Canadian Emerging Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2018); Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (2016); and Corner Brook Emerging Artist of the Year (2013). www.meaganmusseau.com

 

Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand is an Indigenous multimedia creative producer, musician, spoken word artist, and scholar. He is the founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Resilience in Music - an Indigenous-led organization creating insight into the lives of Indigenous musicians and empowering Indigenous youth in reclaiming their identity in music and the arts. As an artist and musician, he performs as the front person for the aggressive hardcore punk band Signatory and performs under his solo singer songwriter works outside of his band. Curtis is a proud member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and comes from the Amskaapipikuni, Siksika and Stoney Nakoda nations.