Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
Ociciwan is an inanimate Plains Cree noun relating to current or river, translated to mean the current comes from there. The name references the North Saskatchewan River that has brought many people over time to the region. It conveys an energy of engagement with Indigenous contemporary culture, linking present with the past and the future.
Ociciwan supports Indigenous contemporary art, experimental creative practices, and innovative research.
Based in the region of Edmonton, Alberta, Ociciwan supports the work of Indigenous contemporary artists and designers and engages in contemporary critical dialogue. We value artistic collaboration and foster the awareness of Indigenous contemporary art practices.
The core Collective will focus on a minimum of three - four projects per year in the areas of art exhibition, research, public art and awareness surrounding Indigenous contemporary art. Ociciwan will also work towards a long-term goal of creating of an artist-run Indigenous contemporary arts centre in Edmonton.
Tiffany is an artist, independent curator and intern architect with Manasc Isaac. Her practice develops ideas behind cultural memory and craft through analogue and digital methodologies. Shaw-Collinge was born in Calgary and raised in Edmonton, Alberta with Métis descent from Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Erin is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Augustana. Completing her P.h.D. in Cultural Studies, from Queens University in 2017, her research focuses on Indigenous curatorial methodologies and Indigenous performance art. She also works as an independent curator and has curated the performance series Talkin’ Back to Johnny Mac in Kingston, Ontario in 2015. She is originally from Grande Prairie Alberta and is of Métis and settler decent.
Becca is a multi-disciplinary artist, youth worker and curator with Cree, Scottish and Irish descent. Her practice involves investigations of Indigenous community building and Indigenous feminisms through various mediums including video, text and installation. She was awarded the Aboriginal curator-in-residence, from the Canada Council in 2015 at Urban Shaman, and was most recently the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at the Banff Centre. Becca recently co-curated the 2018 iteration of La Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone (BACA) in Montreal, QC, entitled níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur with Niki Little which opened in Spring 2018.
Kristy Trinier, Secretary
Kristy is the Executive Director at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. She has held previous roles as Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at the Banff Centre for Creativity, Curator with Art Gallery of Alberta and Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council. Kristy is an artist and co-produces Publication Studio Edmonton and 66bproject. Kristy is a non-Indigenous supporter of Ociciwan, born in Edmonton and raised in the community of Whitecourt (Sagitawah), Alberta.
Missy LeBlanc, Program Coordinator
Missy is an emerging arts administrator and curator of Métis, Cree, and Polish decent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, majoring in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture and Sociology; as well as a Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management from MacEwan University. She recently completed an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC and is based in Edmonton, AB.