Response: Our Land Narrative exhibit opens at The Polygon Gallery

Capilano University invites the community to Response: Our Land Narrative at The Polygon Gallery, April 7 to 17, 2021.

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Photo by Ash Simpson, CapU Indigenous Independent Filmmaking student, featured in Response: Our Land Narrative exhibit at The Polygon Gallery, April 7-17, 2021.

The second of two Response presentations at The Polygon Gallery this spring, this exhibit features works by three CapU Indigenous Independent Filmmaking students: Colton Cardinal (Saddle Lake Creek Nation), Liam McAlduff (Secwépemc Nation) and Ash Simpson (Secwépemc Nation, Splatsín). 

The exhibit is a showcase of the works inspired by Response: Our Land Narrative, a series of workshops led by Indigenous artists and Knowledge Keepers in fall 2020 where participants were invited to explore the theme “Land as Teacher and Knowledge Keeper” by creating visual art. This partnership presentation between CapU and The Polygon Gallery, features video works by eight participants, activates stories and conversations about connection, resistance, and migration, often through experimental approaches.

An online presentation 6:30 p.m. on April 8, 2021, hosted by with filmmakers Jules Arita Koostachin and CapU's Doreen Manuel, will feature a conversation with the artists. Register to attend

Exhibit: Response: Our Land Narrative
April 7 - 17, 2021
The Polygon Gallery
Response video screenings end at 3:00pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Online Event: Discussion on Our Land Narrative
6:30 p.m., April 8, 2021

"The approach we have brought to this as Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, allowed the students a window into well-being in relation to the land," said Gregory Coyes, Capilano University instructor and one of five Indigenous Knowledge Keepers for the Response project.

The new, multi-year collaboration between The Polygon Gallery and First Nations Student Services and the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University is open to creators with an interest in visual and media arts, priority was given to Indigenous participants. Fifteen artists were selected from 45 applicants.

"Part of the beauty of this project is recognizing the landscapes that we are on here and creating some knowledge of the lanscape. That leads to a sense of belonging, which I believe, can aid in the anxiety people feel and making them connected to their place," shared Coyes.

Artists and Knowledge Keepers for the Response Program workshop series included Gregory Coyes (Métis/Cree), filmmaker and Coordinator of the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University; Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv and Klahoose), media artist; Crystal Henderson (Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw), writer and storyteller; Kats Klein (Métis), mixed media artist; Ray Natraoro ses siyam (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), carver and Hereditary Chief; Amanda Strong (Michif), award-winning filmmaker; and T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Métis, Kanaka Maoli, Irish, Swiss), ethnobotanist, community gardener and interdisciplinary artist.

Read more: CapU partners with Polygon Gallery on Response: Our Land Narrative


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