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December 2017 - Bruno Canadien
Bruno Canadien’s art is focused on addressing issues surrounding the intersection of First Nation/Tribal sovereignty, resource exploitation and environmental concerns. He uses mixed media, including collage, adornment, painting and drawing to present evidence of contemporary Indigenous presence and resistance. His more recent work considers the concern aboriginal communities in western Canada and the U.S. have for territories, including wildlife, in the face of unending oil and gas exploration and extraction. Bruno is a member of a northern First Nation (Deh Gah Got’ı́é Kǫ́ę́, Deh Cho Region) and a resident of Alberta. For him, this issue “carries personal resonance… especially in regards to the effects of the Athabasca Tarsands development, which is located within the MacKenzie/Peace watershed, upstream from [his] home community of Fort Providence.”
Visit Bruno Canadien's page at http://www.brunocanadien.com/
November 2017 - Tanya Lukin Linklater
Tanya Lukin Linklater’s art takes many forms; performance collaborations, videos, and installations, many of which have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Her work is an examination of the relationships that exist between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogies, Indigenous conceptual spaces and languages, and institutions. In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, Tanya participated in the slow exhibition, Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December. Tanya's written work, both poetry and essays, have been published in a variety of magazines and artistic journals, including Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, and in publications by Whitney Museum of American Art.
October 2017 – Bronwyn Bancroft
Western Bundjalung artist Bronwyn Bancroft has worked with many artistic media, including fashion and jewellery design, painting, collage, illustration, and sculpture. Bronwyn is a founding member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Established in 1987, this is one of Australia's oldest Indigenous-run artists' organisations. Her art work has been shown in, and continues to be held by, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She has also created art work for more than 20 children's books, including Stradbroke Dreamtime by writer and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Additionally, Bronwyn is a director of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase admission rates for Indigenous students in to university.
Visit Bronwyn Bancroft's website at http://bronwynbancroft.com/
September 2017 – Jacque Njeri
Jacque Njeri is a digital artist whose work is a reimagining the future of the Maasai—the Nilotic tribe that inhabit mainly Kenya and Tanzania. Her latest project, from the summer of 2017, is called “MaaSci”. It is a futuristic series that portrays both the cultural significance of the Maasai people and an exploration of time travel and interplanetary life. In an interview with HapaKenya, Jacque explained that she has “great interest and enthusiasm for Afro-futurism” (June 2017). Her next project is called “The Mau Mau Dreams” and is a portrait of what an imagined Kenya would look like if it had not been colonized, featuring leaders of the Mau Mau rebellion and other Kenyan heroes as the central subjects.
Visit Jacque Njeri's Behance site at www.behance.net/JacqueNjeri
Visit Jacque Njeri's Instagram site at https://www.instagram.com/fruit_junkie/
August 2017 - Michael Yahgulanaas
Michael Yahgulanaas is an award-wining artist, author and professional speaker from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. His work has been published around the globe, in places like London, New York, Seattle, and Vancouver. He combines his Indigenous roots with Asian Manga influences to produce highly dynamic, culturally-blended works. He has more than 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation, which has allowed him travel the world and speak to leaders about social justice, and community building.
Visit Michael Yahgulanaas website at http://mny.ca/en
Visit his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/mnyhaida
July 2017 - Ara Kimbo
Hu Defu, also known as Ara Kimbo, is a Taiwanese Aboriginal artist. He is one of the pioneers of the Taiwanese movement “Singing Our Own Songs”. In the 1980s he established the Association for Promoting the Rights of Taiwan Aborigines (APRTA). He was actively involved in the Indigenous rights movement and promotion of the aboriginal culture in Taiwan for 20 years. In 2005 he released his first album called: In a flash which won best lyricist and song of the year Golden Melody Awards in 2006. He is known around the world for his folk classics.
Visit this article about him.
Listen to his music at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTAjpTKNQGw
June 2017 - Mamani Mamani
Mamani Mamani was born in Bolivia on December 6, 1962 of Aymara origin and is one of Bolivia’s most highly recognized artists. He has developed his art based on the vision and culture of his people. Since 1983 he has presented his work in more than 58 expositions around the world. His works, full of vibrant colors and intense emotions, are currently in private collections in four of the five continents: America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Among his many awards, in 2011 he was recognized by the University Tomas Frias Potosi-Bolivia with the Distinction Expert of Experts in pictorial art. He has dedicated his art to express the Aymara vision of the Andean world; for him, color is life.
Visit Mamani Mamani's website at http://www.mamani.com/
May 2017 - Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq is an Inuit throat singer born in Nunavut. She has a unique vocal expression that mixes electronica, industrial and metal influence with traditional Inuit culture. Her album Animism (2014) won the Polaris Prize and the Juno award. In 2015 Tagaq was winner of the Aboriginal Recording of the Year, Spiritual Recording of the Year and World Recording of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards. She was recently named to the Order of Canada receiving the appointment for her “contributions to the Canadian culture through her avant-garde Inuit throat singing”.
Visit Tanya’s website at https://tanyatagaq.com/
April 2017 - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
A rare superstar of the Indigenous world, Gurrumul’s eponymous first album sold more than half a million copies worldwide and achieved triple platinum status in his native Australia. He has performed to royalty and stars alike, counting Sting, Elton John and will.I.am among his most ardent fans. Yet his is a life of rare contradictions. Publicity shy and ultra-private, he elects to spend time with his closely-knit Yolgnu family rather than to seek out fame and fortune. Known as a visionary who has managed to put Indigenous music on the map in his own country, Gurrumul was born blind on Elcho Island, off the coast of North East Arnhemland in the Northern Territory. He belongs to the Gumatj clan. His music is bound together by songs that interlink identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and ancestral beings to whom he is related. This musical genius is entirely self-taught and masters the guitar, drums, keyboard and didgeridoo. He sings in Yolgnu and English.
Listen to his music at: https://youtu.be/x8-YMpYbRqY
March 2017 - Thama Kase
“The old people tell me where to go with my art and with everything I do.” – Thama Kaase, visual artist, San (Botswana).
Thama Kase (also known as “Thamae Kaashe” and “Thami”) is a San visual artist. His art draws on traditional San culture as relayed by the “old people”, who, he says, have conveyed to him the importance of celebrating his art so that he may leave behind something tangible for those who come after him. Skilled in various media and techniques, he is also the creator of wooden carvings, wooden sculptures, lino prints, lithographs and etchings. He has twice won the first prize in Botswana’s National President’s Competition for his lino cuts: in 2013 and 2014. Both of these works dealt with social and environmental issues, his present area of focus.
View some of Thama Kase’s art on the Kuru Art Project website at: http://www.kuruart.com/Artist-Gallery.php?Artists_id=21 .
February 2017 - Mari Boine
Ms Mari Boine is a talented musician born in Gámehisnjárga, Norway. Ms Boine has released more than 12 music albums. She always tries to blend popular styles like jazz with her own traditional Sami musical roots. Ms Boine has been very active in passing on anti-racism messages through her music, thereby showing the rejection and discrimination that her people have been subjected to in Norway. In 2009 Ms Boine was appointed knight, first class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, and in 2012 “statsstipendiat", which is the greatest honor a Norwegian artist can achieve.
January 2017 - Susan Point
Ms Point is a Coast Salish artist. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of B.C. and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her unique style has encouraged and re-established Coast Salish art. She draws inspiration from her ancestors and brings attention to her culture. Ms Point is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has inter alia been awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement and a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.