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 and advocates for innovative and experimental creative practices and research.
Based in the region of Edmonton, Alberta, Ociciwan aims to support the work of Indigenous contemporary artists and designers, engage in both local and global contemporary critical dialogue, develop artistic collaboration, promote and encourage research, production, presentation and awareness of Indigenous contemporary art practices.
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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.
Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter
Jade is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist whose practice uses art and humour as a coping mechanism to address diaspora and mental illness. She received a diploma in Fine Art from Grant MacEwan University, and went on to receive her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Drawing Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016. Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuk residing in Calgary, born in Yellowknife and raised 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 a PhD Candidate in the Department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and the Pre-Doctoral Fellow in American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on Indigenous curatorial methodologies and Indigenous performance art. She also works as an independent curator and has recently 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, curating the show Traces (2017) at Urban Shaman gallery in Winnipeg. Becca was most recently the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at the Banff Centre.
Kristy Trinier, Secretary
Kristy is the Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at the Banff Centre for Creativity; her previous roles include Curator with Art Gallery of Alberta and Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council. She 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.
Jessie Short, Program Coordinator
Independent curator, multi-disciplinary artist and emerging filmmaker whose work involves memory, multi-faceted existence, Métis history and visual culture. Jessie has worked at The Banff Centre and was the executive director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective from 2012-2014. Short was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, and is of Métis descent from Saskatchewan
Missy LeBlanc, Program Coordinator
Missy is an emerging arts administrator and curator. 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. LeBlanc was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and is of Métis, Cree, and Polish descent.