Images Festival Indigenous showcase w Elwood Jimmy and Greg Staats

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It is no secret that Indigenous tradition and culture is alive in our art, and that art can be a place where we revitalize and ignite our connections to those things.  This past Monday on Indigenous Waves, we spoke to artist and Images Festival Programmer Elwood Jimmy along with artist Greg Staats about the Indigenous showcase featured in this year’s Images Festival, which includes an installation and master class by Greg Staats, as well as an intallation and live performance by Duane and Tanya Linklater.

Greg Staats (Kanien’kehá:ka, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) is a photographer and video artist and more recently video installation and sculpture, whose works combine language, mnemonics, proxemics and the natural world. Greg Staats has been in the process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal. He has lived and worked in Toronto since 1985.

Elwood Jimmy is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan. Over the last 15 years, he has played a lead role in several art projects and organizations supporting the development, creation and presentation of interdisciplinary, community engaged, and new artistic practices rooted in Indigenous knowledge and practices. Most recently Elwood has been the Programmer for the 2013 edition of the Images Festival, North America’s largest annual exhibitor of independent media art.

Playlist:

Don Amero – This Old Road

Fawn Wood – Love Is Real

Wab Kinew – Mama Said

Heebz The Earthchild – Eagles (no enbridge)

Quillbox – The Apology

Alo White – Traditional Rounddance (Roy McDonald)

Shibastik – Hand Drum

Originally Aired: Monday April 8, 2013

Photo Credits: Greg Staats, Duane Linklater

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