HELENA KROBATH is an artist and researcher using sound to study spatial poetics and situated knowledge. She also critically investigates colonial resource heritage in British Columbia, Canada. Helena teaches workshops on sound, sensory observation, and field recording, including sessions at VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Milieux Institute, and CiTR Radio. Her sound art is featured in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2019 Deep Wireless compilation and she is currently one of CRES Media Arts Committee’s sound artists in residence. Helena’s art practices explore place-based imaginaries by creating electroacoustic soundscapes, speculative visual landscapes, and real-time experiments in sensory storytelling. She currently volunteers with the Vancouver Tenants Union and co-hosts the Soundscape Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio.
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JULIANE OKOT BITEK is a poet and a PhD candidate at the UBC. Her 100 Days (University of Alberta 2016) was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Lushei Prize for African Poetry. Juliane’s poem “Migration: Salt Stories” was shortlisted for the 2017 National Magazine Awards for Poetry in Canada. Her poem “Gauntlet” was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize and a chapbook with the same title, is due out in the fall 2019 from Nomados Press. Juliane is also the author of Sublime: Lost Words (The Elephants 2018). She was the Fall writer-in residence for The Capilano Review and the Spring 2019 writer-in residence at Capilano University.
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ANNE RILEY is an Indigiqueer multidisciplinary artist living as an uninvited Slavey Dene/Cree/German guest from Fort Nelson First Nation on the unceceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlí̓lwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. She has exhibited both in the United States and Canada. Currently, she is working on a public art project commissioned by the City of Vancouver with her collaborator T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss.
STORME WEBBER is a Two Spirit Sugpiaq/Black/Choctaw poet and interdisciplinary artist. Her work is cross genre, incorporating text, performance, audio and altar installation, archival photographs and collaboration in order to engage with ideas of history, lineage, gender, race and sexuality. Her practice explores liminal identities, survivance and decolonization, and does so in a blues-based experimental manner, often incorporating acapella vocals.She has received numerous honors and residencies; including from Hedgebrook, Ragdale and Banff Arts Centre, and recently was honored with the James W Ray Award. Her first solo museum exhibition, “Casino: A Palimpsest”, was presented at Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Minh Nyguyen, in Art in America, wrote: “Rather than erect divisions between personal art and historical archives, “Casino” considered the intangible properties by which art and poetry are connected to family, ancestry, language, and public memory, revealing intergenerational, underground histories of resilience.”Her most recent book, “Blues Divine” is available from her website, along with its companion CD recording. Currently at work on the next touring iteration of the exhibition, “Casino: A Palimpsest”, and it’s manuscript. Inquiries welcomed at www.stormewebber.com
MARIE WEEKS is a settler living on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is working to fully reclaim her English/Irish/French lineage while working to understand how to take responsibility and action towards changing the historical/current relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people. She has been a summer time and holiday visitor on Mayne Island since 1963. She has contributed to the community by assisting her mum who was the president of the Mayne Island Agricultural Society for 25+ years, working alongside the hard-working volunteers who are the back bone of the Annual Fall Fair. Marie has also been bringing her 3 kids to Mayne Island since they were born. It has been a commitment of hers to ensure that her kids have access to the richness of multigenerational relationships. Marie received her BA major in First Nations and Indigenous Studies from UBC, and currently works for BC Housing in Vancouver.
T’uy’t’tanat – CEASE WYSS is an indigenous plant educator and interdisciplinary artist of Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Metis, Hawaiian, and Swiss heritage. She has extensive experience producing various formats of media art for almost 30 years, and works as an ethnobotanist with traditional training by Indigenous elders. Cease combines culturally focused teaching with storytelling as a means to share knowledge. She recently co-authored Journey to Kaho’olawe, covering more than two centuries of the Kanaka family’s migration to the Pacific Northwest coast. She was also a recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for film and new media in 2010. Cease is currently the Vancouver Public Library’s 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence.
STACEY HO is a 90% chill 10% not artist who’s into community building, books, and being sort of boring. They recently finished writing a short novella about aliens, love and boundaries tentatively called George the Parasite. They live on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples.
ALIZE ZORLUTUNA is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and pedagogue. She works with installation, video, performance, and material culture, to investigate themes concerning identity, queer sexuality, settler colonial relationships to land, culture and history, as well as labour, intimacy, and technology. Her work aims to activate interstices where seemingly incommensurate elements intersect. Drawing on archival as well as practice-based research, the body and its sensorial capacities are central to her work. Alize lives and works in Tkaronto. Alize is responsible for bringing it all together for this years iteration.
MALLORY AMIRAULT is an Acadian Mi’kmaq writer and performance artist from Mi’kma’ki, Nova Scotia. At its core, her work is concerned with issues of marginalization and agency. She hopes to be perpetually
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ARTI MEHTA is a queer, brown, settler, genderqueer femme therapist in private practice in Toronto. She practices relational psychotherapy, somatic experiencing and mindfulness with a focus on trauma. She is a long time 2SLGBTQ community youth worker, facilitator and jeweler. Her current passion is to bring the brilliance of her trauma training to her communities beyond the dyad of the therapeutic relationship.