For This Land: Inside Elemental
2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears (Mohawk), Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora)
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor
September 16–December 10, 2017
Thursdays & Fridays: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Artists & Curator Talk: 5:00pm, as part of Art Crawl
The new Onsite Gallery is a stunning new location that includes a Category A–designed exhibition space and media lounge as well as collection storage, study and exhibition zones. imagineNATIVE is proud to co-present For This Land: Inside Elemental as part of the opening of this exciting new gallery.
For This Land: Inside Elemental is part of a multi-project series by 2Ro Media, comprised of Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers, both Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) artists from Six Nations of the Grand River. The artists, who currently live outside their traditional territory, produce work collaboratively about “returning home,” which typically involves creating site-specific narratives using video, sound, poetry, performance and multimedia installation.
With Inside Elemental, the artists engage in a series of conversations with the Kana:ta Village on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in order to create an immersive multimedia installation using sound, video, performance and digital languages. Inside Elemental is an exploration of the internalization of one’s traditional territory, and in general about how external environments are deeply intertwined with identity, self-understanding and the interiority of personal and collective experience.
Jackson 2bears is a multimedia installation/performance artist and cultural theorist originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. He is currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since 1999, 2bears has exhibited his work extensively across Canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally in festivals and in group exhibitions.
Janet Rogers is a writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver, B.C., and has lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto. She has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, a documentary producer and a media and sound artist with numerous works in this year’s Festival.