Lil’wat7ul student, Sydney Pickering, exhibits her art at Talking Stick Festival


The words woven into the installation read “the land and people are one.”

Congratulations Sydney.

Last month her piece was featured at the Talking Stick Festival.

via Ts’zil MtCurrie.


The visual arts exhibition of the Talking Stick Festival 2019, “TRADITION (tə syəθ): Reality, Allegory, Dimension”, immediately invokes a sense of curiosity. It activates, questions, and essentially breaks from tradition. And that is the point. For this exhibition Indigenous artists have been gathered to address the notion of activating, of questioning, of interpreting, of telling stories in new ways—from Adrian Stimson’s sculptural “Naked Napi’s Afterbirth of Canada’s Indians” (2018) inspired by Harold Cardinal’s The Rebirth of Canada’s Indians 1977 created from rawhide mannequins and string, wood, wax, glue, and paint; to Sydney Pickering’s complex “Pala7míntwal I úcwalmicwa múta7 ti tmícwa” (2018), a work created from simple materials of yarn and twist ties.

The work of the group of artists is diverse, contemporary, and provocative. At once complex and simple, it accomplishes what it sets out to do in uncomplicated terms— activating Indigenous worldviews using tradition. Preserving fire.

Date & Time: February 19 – March 2, Daily
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Ticket: Pay- What – You – Want

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