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October 16, 2015

FullSizeRenderToday I was honoured with the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness at UWinnipeg’s Autumn Convocation.

Congratulations to my colleague Dr. Anna Stokke who was also honoured. From Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor at U of W: “Both Dr. Roewan Crowe and Dr. Anna Stokke exemplify the powerful impact the members of our faculty have on the wider community. We’re fortunate our students not only benefit from the wisdom and practical knowledge these women share in the classroom, but also from the inspiration they provide by building academic careers that contribute to positive change in the world.”

 

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September 23-27, 2015

What a pleasure to spend a week in Toronto for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) at OCAD University.

I had the opportunity to reconnect with friends, meet new artists, speak on a panel, and perform Lifting Stone, a queer femme performance/installation creating intimate stone encounters.

OCAD’s painting studio was the performance and installation site for Lifting Stone.

The practice of painting and wooden easels have now become part of the installation.

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My new FEMME bag was made by the fabulously talented JR Koroscil.

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In the desert you can remember your name.

August 30, 2015

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It was a dream to be at the Zapatista (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) village of Oventik – autonomously territory of the Mayan – with my Hemi and CCPPA comrades this August.

 

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May 29, 2015

I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Alex Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) about the significance of the round dance, Idle No More’s use of social media, and her recent participation at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics Encuentro in Montreal.

Alex is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her academic and community work and her passion focus on Indigenous land-based education and social ecological justice. As a community organizer, she uses education and Cree philosophy to intervene in ongoing practices of colonialism, oppression, and the destruction of land and water.

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Idle No More Round Dance Revolution at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Montreal Encuentro: A Discussion with Roewan Crowe and Alex Wilson.

The article, invited by editor, Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse, was published in Emisférica 12.1 Carribbean Rasanblaj.

View other issues of Emisférica here.

Gina Athena Ulysse is a feminist artist-anthropologist-activist and a self-proclaimed Post-Zora Interventionist. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is also a performance artist, poet and multi-media artist.

May 17-20, 2015

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So pleased to attend the Publishing Feminisms Symposium this weekend at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

About the symposium:

“Organized by Michelle Meagher (U of Alberta) and Tessa Jordan (BCIT), the goal of this symposium was to bring together a broad range of scholars and practitioners in order to explore the relationships between feminist print culture – feminist presses, periodicals, glossies, zines, independent and the production and distribution mechanisms through which they are supported – and post 1960 feminisms.

Participants included junior, mid-career, and senior scholars from universities in Canada and the United States, graduate students, librarians, archivists, artists, and representatives from several feminist periodicals, including The Feminist Wire, TRIVIA,femspec, feral feminisms, GUTS, and off our backs.”

I talked about my book, Quivering Land, and about my Feminist Bookstore Ghost Launch project with Cam Bush and Steven Leyden Cochrane.

Publishing Feminisms on Twitter (@PFeminisms), May 20: @RoewanCrowe’s book Quivering Land – a queer western – “ghost launched” where a feminist bookstore used to exist.

 

April 15-18, 2015

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A beautiful time spent in the desert, in the land of stone, in my element!

I attended the international conference, Open Embodiments: Locating Somatechnics in Tucson.

Conjuring up some stone femme magic and feeling slightly possessed, I performed Lifting Stone.

About the conference:

“To be open means having the capacity for connection and curiosity, and willing to be receptive to otherness and difference. Openness is an engagement with processes of becoming, to be in anticipation of future states without predetermined ends. To be in the open is to be exposed and vulnerable under conditions of necessity and possibility, of risk and danger. Open is ontological, an ethical stance, an imperative: it demands of us to open borders, detention centers, and prisons, to open our eyes and our hearts, our senses and our awareness. Invitations are openings, as this one is: Let us come together and open ourselves to the embodied experience of our messy entanglements, fraught alliances and fuzzy boundaries with each other and with the Earth. And let us do it in Tucson.”

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March 30, 2015

I was so pleased to be asked about my work as a feminist artist. I spoke with Brittany Thiessen from The Uniter about transformation, censorship, baking as a metaphor for feminist art, and my interests in radical questioning.

We also spoke about what I have going on right now, including teaching a Women, Health, and the Environment course, where the students have decided to collaborate on their final assignment, and my upcoming performance at Open Embodiments, a conference in Tucson, Arizona next month.

You can watch the full video here.

March 18, 2015

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Presented by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, this round table explored how we express our care about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit through various forms of activism and interventions, including the use of craft in the collective We Care Quilt.

We were joined by Leah Gazan of the We Care Campaign, Cheryl James of the Keewatin Otchitchak (Northern Crane) Traditional Women Singers and Bear Clan Patrol,  Rorie McLeod Arnould of the University of Winnipeg’s Students’ Association, and Michael Champagne of Meet Me at the Bell Tower. We were also  joined by Elder Hector Pierre.

The We Care Quilt is being made in recognition of the #WeCare Campaign, a campaign to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to take a united and firm stance to ensure that the safety of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit. is realized in Canada. Individuals will be able to create a We Care Square as a physical representation of their care and commitment to this national crisis which will then be sewn into the collective quilt.

See UWinnipeg’s news story,  Care to Quilt.

March 4 & 7, 2015

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I am excited to share that the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies has teamed up with the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library and the We Care Campaign to initiate a community-made quilt honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit.

We are holding two drop-in craft workshops for anyone interested in making a We Care Square that will eventually be sewn into the collective quilt.

The We Care Quilt is being made in recognition of Leah Gazan’s We Care Campaign MMIW, a campaign to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to take a united and firm stance to ensure that the safety of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit is realized in Canada. Individuals will be able to create a We Care Square as a physical representation of their care and commitment to this nationwe-care-launch-wpal crisis which will then be sewn into the collective quilt. The quilter, Tracy Popp, who is assembling the quilt will be on site on Saturday March 7th and working on the quilt so that the public can see it come together.

There will also be kits available at the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library from March 7 through to March 25 and there will be a table set aside for anyone to drop by to create a square at any time during the museum’s opening hours!

About the #WeCare Campaign:

The #WeCare campaign was established to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to take a united and firm stance to ensure the safety of Indigenous women and girls is realized in Canada. In 2013 James Anaya, former Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues for the United Nations, called the state of violence and the number of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada a national crisis. This has been noted in a recent report completed about violence against Indigenous women and girls by the RCMP in 2014. This is not just an Indigenous issue. This is an issue for all Canadians who value the safety of all children and women in our society.

The #WeCare campaign aims to educate the broader public about the serious crisis relating the violence against Indigenous women. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to demonstrate compassion, love and hope while putting pressure on all levels of government to support a national inquiry and immediate action to address this serious issue impacting families and communities across Canada.

The #WeCare Campaign is a firm statement of solidarity to let all levels of government in Canada know that #WeCare, and we will not stop until Indigenous women and girls can enjoy safety in cities, towns, and communities throughout Turtle Island.

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March 1, 2015

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This picture makes me so happy! What a pleasure to work on this dream team. In the past few months I have been working with Trish Salah, Erin Meagan Schwartz, Syrus Marcus Ware, Christina Hajjar, and Shimby Zegeye (not pictured) on planning the Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres symposium.

Building upon the momentum of Trish’s weekend conference last May, Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism , this one day symposium centered the critical and creative work of black and indigenous trans and two spirit writers, artists, scholars and activists. ddtg posterRecognizing the violent force of institutional racism, police brutality, colonialism, and the criminalization of trans of colour lives, particularly in the area of sex work, this symposium worked to foreground these intersections in trans experience and representation.

With these extraordinary guests:

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán
Ceyenne Doroshow
Imani Henry
Andrea Jenkins
Yasmeen Persad
Dr. C. Riley Snorton
Syrus Marcus Ware
Saylesh Wesley

The day included two panels, a dinner, and readings/storytelling.

Schedule:

1pm: Decolonizing Trans Genres
3:30pm: Against the Law: Living & Writing While Black, Indigenous, Trans
5:30pm: Dinner in Riddell Hall Cafeteria (1st floor)
7pm: Reading and Storytelling

February 27, 2015

wpg poetry slam

The Winnipeg Poetry Slam 2015 competitive season returned on February 25th with the second of four bouts to qualify poets for the chance to be on the Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team! The group of four stunning poets will then qualify to compete on a national stage at The 2015 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word / Festival canadien de spoken word in Saskatoon!

In each regular season bout, 12 spots are open for anyone to sign up and take part in the open mic competition. Audience judges distill each performance into a score out of 10, and the best scored poets move up the ranks and into playoffs.

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To give the competing poets a break in between rounds, I was invited to read some poetry and show the audience the ways of the new wild west! I read from Quivering Land and was happy to hear from other talented folks too.

For info on the Winnipeg Poetry Slam community and more, check out Winnipegpoetryproject.com!

On February 27th, 2015, Steve Currie said on Facebook, “Thanks to Roewan Crowe for transporting us to more gothic and windswept times.”

Loved contributing to this exciting competition!

 

 

(Feb 25 on FB you said: Braiding my mane, eating my oats, just getting ready for tonight’s slam. I’ll be the featured horse. 7:15 doors, 8:00 slam. I’ll be reading after the first slam. Looking forward to meeting folks in the Winnipeg slam community. There’s a hitching rail out front at the West End Cultural Centre. Hope to see you there!)

February 9, 2015

inquiring-mindsHosted by the University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, I was happy to be a part of Inquiring Minds:  Understanding the call for, role of and limitations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW, honouring the families of our stolen sisters and the survivors of violence.

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The event was hosted by Diane Roussin, Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Circle, University of Winnipeg.

Schedule:

What action is being taken to call an inquiry?
With Chief Francine Meeches
Swan Lake First Nation
First Nation Women’s Committee

UWinnipeg’s relationship to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & 2 spirited people
Dr. Roewan Crowe, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Winnipeg

How can Indigenous people be meaningfully included in a public inquiry?
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Former co-Commissioner of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry

Is an inquiry the goal or a way of achieving our goal?
Dr Annette Trimbee
President
The University of Winnipeg

What does an inquiry mean?
A panel with Dr Leslie Spillett (Ka Ni Kanichihk), Lorena Fontaine (UWinnipeg), Dr Niigaan Sinclair (UM), and Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson Moderated by Wab Kinew (UWinnipeg).

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The event was covered by the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC.

You can watch the video on Youtube.

November 25, 2014

feminist voicesI’m feeling nourished by the conversation that happened last night. There was a terrific turnout for our long table discussion on feminist activism in Winnipeg. For the first hour young feminists were invited to talk about their activist work. The table as opened up for the next hour. So much strength and beauty. Some talked about community accountability, lateral violence, combating racism, white supremacy and patriarchy, some talked about transphobia, about disability rights and fighting ableism, about sexual exploitation and rape, about decriminalization, about violence of institutions. We talked about the reality of murdered and missing Indigenous women. Some talked about mothering and the world they want to create. Many talked about burnout and self care. And dancing!! There were difficult conversations and so much love and respect in the room.

Growing our power,  practicing love.

Big shout out to IWGS co-coordinators Christina Hajjar and Erin Meagan Schwartz for doing a fabulous job!

The event featured 9 community members discussing their activist feminist voices long tablepractice, the difficulties they have faced, and what impact they have had on themselves and others.

Alaya Mcivor
Cheyenne Henry
Jenny Henkelman
Jess Turner
Johsa Manzanilla
Merrill Grant
Raven Hart Bellecourt
Sarah Martens
Uzoma Chioma

November 18, 2014

zolf posterNovember 18th was Rachel Zolf’s launch for her powerful new book, Janey’s Arcadia at McNally Robinson.

Trish Salah, Katherena Vermette, and I were invited to read some of our poetry as well. What an amazing evening and an honour to read with these fine writers!

Rachel Zolf’s fifth book assembles a pirate score of error-ridden historical and current documents – missionary narratives, immigration pamphlets, settler writings – to decry the ongoing violence of Canadian colonialism. It stars Janey Settler-Invader, a foul-mouthed mutant slouching toward the Red River Colony, along with a host of cacophonous, carnivalesque appropriations.

Rachel Zolf’s zolf mcnallywriting practice explores interrelated materialist questions concerning memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity, and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her books of poetry include “Neighbour Procedure” and “Human Resources,” which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. She has taught at New York’s The New School University and the University of Calgary.

Trish Salah is the author of the Lambda Award winning book, “Wanting in Arabic,” and the recently published “Lyric Sexology,” as well as co-editor of a special issue of “TSQ:Transgender Studies Quarterly,” focused on Cultural Production, out this fall. She is also assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, “North End Love Songs” won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary magazines and compilations. She holds a Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her next project, The Seven Teachings Stories picture book series, should be released any day now!

October 25, 2014
 
Great fun to read at the Winnipeg anarchist bookfair / canzine / diy fest yesterday afternoon and to share the stage with Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Queer artists reading their writing! We were also joined by poet Andrew Vaisius.
We all read as a part of Canzine‘s Radical Reading Series at 3pm in The Bulman Centre, University of Winnipeg.

Performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have toured internationally for over 25 years. Their films and videos have been screened in venues ranging from the Museum of Modern Art to women’s centres in Sri Lanka, and include provocative, humerous works such as We’re Talking Vulva and Lesbian National Parks and Services. Past publications include the Winnipeg Tarot Co. Tarot Deck, In The Life (a companion to the film A Day in the Life of a Bull-Dyke), and the Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to North America. Winnipeg, Canada, the geographical centre of North America, is their chosen home.

Andrew  Vaisius is a political poet and creator based in Winnipeg. He recently released a chapbook collaboration with the artist Robert Pasternak titled Domestic/Imported. He also regularly reviews poetry for Prairie Fire and Arc Poetry magazines. He co-edited Don’t Quit Yer Day Job with Phil Hall, and was the poetry Editor for Waves magazine in Toronto. Recent credits are: The Windsor ReviewArc Poetry, and forthcoming in Our Times and Descant. For a regular job he directs the Winkler Day Care Centre.

September, 2014

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I am happy to share with you this piece of work in honour of Sharon Rosenberg, co-written with Dr. Michelle Meagher from the University of Alberta.

“Letting Something Else Happen: A Collaborative Encounter with the Work of Sharon Rosenberg.”

Available online here: http://liminalities.net/10-2/somethingelse.pdf

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (Volume 10, Issue 2, Sept 2014): 1-16.

 

Michelle Meagher’s Bio:

Michelle Meagher is associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research is centered on cultivating relationships between feminist theory and feminist art practice. Her work on artists like Suzy Lake, Cindy Sherman, Martha Wilson, and Jenny Saville has been published in Hypatia, Body and Society, and Feminist Studies.

September 21, 2014
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Winnipeg International Writers Festival is September 19 – 27, 2014.
I am honoured to have read from Quivering Land on Sunday, the 21st at 6:30pm at Voices from Oodena.
 
The reading was meant to take place at Oodena at The Forks but had to be moved inside because of the weather. Oodena’s outdoor, natural amphitheatre is a lovely place for performances. Nonetheless, I’m so terribly pleased to be have read with this incredible local line-up: Keith Cadieux, Ko’ona Cochrane, Brenda Hasiuk, Charles Leblanc, and Chimwemwe Undi.
Thanks to those who came out and supported their local writers!
 
Artist Bios:
Keith Cadieux studied medieval to postcolonial literature, horror and weird fiction, and even narrative in video games, before finally receiving a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Manitoba. His debut novella, Gaze, was shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award and long-listed for a 2010 ReLit Award. His most recent fiction has just appeared in Grain, and is forthcoming in the Exile Book of New Canadian Noir.
Ko’ona Cochrane is an Anishinaabe-kwe member of the Bizhiw Doodem (Lynx Clan) from Peguis First Nation. She has been sharing her traditional teachings for over twenty years, primarily through making and teaching indigenous hand drumming. After studying and working in Ottawa, she returned to Manitoba and obtained an Early Childhood Education diploma from Red River College. Ko’ona lives in the North End of Winnipeg.
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Brenda Hasiuk is an award-winning short fiction writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first young adult novel, Where the Rocks Say Your Name, was nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. This year, she released a second young adult novel, Your Constant Star. She is also releasing a collection of loosely linked stories for adult readers, Boy Lost in the Wild, set in the dying days of a Winnipeg summer.
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Né à Montréal en 1950, Charles Leblanc s’est établi à Winnipeg en 1978. Après avoir exercé divers métiers au Québec et au Manitoba (enseignant, barman, organisateur d’événements culturels, ouvrier industriel), il est aujourd’hui traducteur professionnel, ainsi que comédien de théâtre, chroniqueur, animateur culturel et poète. Il a publié huit recueils de poésie aux Éditions du Blé, dont l’appétit du compteur (prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault 2004, finaliste au prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg 2004), heures d’ouverture, des briques pour un vitrail, et soubresauts.
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Chimwemwe Undi‘s work is informed largely by the immigrant experience, a religious upbringing, and various people, places, and things. She was an ensemble member at the 2014 Victoria Spoken Word Festival, and is currently a member of the 2014 Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team. She’s been named Winnipeg Youth Slam champion twice, and is the director of communications for Voices, Ink (the Winnipeg Youth Slam). Her performances are potent and exhilarating, and show her deep engagement with social justice issues but also with the human need for connection and play.

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April 28, 2014
The Literary Press Group of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets celebrated National Poetry Month in Winnipeg by inviting John K Samson, Melanie Dennis Unrau, Maurice Mierau, John Weier, Kerry Ryan, and I to read at McNally Robinson on Monday.
The evening featured a diverse selection of Manitoba poets from LPG publishers.

Artist Bios:Maurice Mierau’s (Brick Books/Freehand Books) new book, Detachment: an Adoption Memoir, will appear in September. His last book, Fear Not, won the ReLit award for poetry in 2009. Maurice edits the Winnipeg Review, an on-line literary magazine.

Kerry Ryan’s (Anvil Press) poems have appeared in literary journals across the country. Her first collection, The Sleeping Life, was published by The Muses’ Company in 2008 and nominated for the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry in 2009. In March 2009, she competed in, and won, a white collar boxing match. She lives in Winnipeg.

John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for the venerated indie rock outfit The Weakerthans, and his poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer, and Post Prairie—An Anthology of New Poetry. He lives in Winnipeg, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of ARP Books.

Melanie Dennis Unrau (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing) is poetry editor at Geez magazine. A member of the Artist Mothers Group at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, she exhibits her work in group shows at local art venues. Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (The Muses’ Company, 2013) is her first collection.

John Weier (Turnstone Press) is an author, luthier, and bird enthusiast living in Winnipeg. He has written numerous books including several collections of poetry, works of experimental and short fiction, nature memoirs, and a children’s book. His most recent poetry collection, Where Calling Birds Gather, speaks to his abiding love of birds, a passion which has taken him around the world.

April 4, 2014

long tableOver the last year I have been co-organizing with the amazing Shelagh Pizey-Allen and Christina Hajjar. We’ve been working on many interesting projects, including a long table conversation in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Artwhich is at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) February 1, – April 20, 2014.

The long table event was a collaboration between The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Winnipeg and the WAG. Off the Beaten Path features the work of 30 international artists who engage with issues of gender-based violence. With the Long Table we hoped to create a space for discussion and reflection on the role of art in addressing issues of violence.

Conceived by performance artist Lois Weaver, the Long Table is an experimental format for public dialogue. Anyone is welcome to come to the table to make statements, leave comments, ask questions, or simply to listen. We wanted to create an event that would ensure that everyone had an opportunity to speak from their experience and to respond to the art work in the show. Free passes to the exhibition were available on the day of the long table in order to increase access for folks who had not yet seen the show, or give others another chance to engage with the art before our discussion.

We were very pleased with the open discussion that flowed at the long table, and people’s desire to come and go from the table to the seating area as they felt compelled. Connections between Off The Beaten Path were made with another traveling exhibition, Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS), held at Urban Shaman Gallery March 21 – April 12. WWOS is a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to the injustice of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit. Important points were made about the differences in representation of violence and how misrepresentation or exclusion can occur when attempting to cover such a broad topic, as with Off The Beaten Path. We talked about race, colonization, allyship, self-representation, the names of the exhibitions, and more.

March 6-April 5, 2014: MY MONUMENT with cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane and Paul Robles, Gallery 1C03 & Hamilton Galleria, University of Winnipeg.
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MY MONUMENT is a multimedia exhibition featuring artistic exchanges among artists cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Roewan Crowe, and Paul Robles using Crowe’s book, Quivering Land, as a point of connection to explore monuments and vanished feminist/queer/alternative cultural sites. The double-sited exhibit will be shown in Gallery 1C03 (1st floor, Centennial Hall) and in the Hamilton Galleria (4th floor mezzanine, Centennial Hall in the Library), both at The University of Winnipeg. 
View My Monument photos here.
Quivering Land is a queerish Western long poem that engages with politics to reckon with the legacies of violence and colonization in the West. Robles creates intricately cut origami paper images in response to this narrative, while Crowe produces text-based works that have been altered irrevocably by the brutality of the gun. Together the artists fashion a collaborative sculpture which further elucidates shared experiences of loss and the desire to create space for reflection and memory.

MY MONUMENT includes the participatory website, www.ghostlaunch.ca, which maps vanished feminist/queer/alternative bookstores and solicits stories, images, and experiences of these bookstores through a public call for submissions. Evidence of this interactive and intergenerational shared space will take the form of multimedia installations by Steven Leyden Cochrane in Gallery 1C03 and by cam bush in the Hamilton Galleria.

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Thanks everyone for an engaging conversation. Love what we have created together!
Listen to the conversation online.
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View more My Monument photos here.
Artist Bios:
cam bush is a (re)emerging, Winnipeg-based intermedia artist who holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. His work frequently investigates locality, human relationships, and language and communication, and has been exhibited in galleries, festivals and alternative exhibition spaces across Canada.
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Steven Leyden Cochrane is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator. He holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in studio art from the University of Windsor. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he is currently based in Winnipeg.
Roewan Crowe is a trans-disciplinary artist, theorist, and teacher living in Winnipeg who explores the rich terrain of video, photography, installation, performance, digital and new media technologies, theory, text, and activism. She investigates the transformational possibilities that open up through artistic and pedagogical practices. She has a particular passion for queer/trans/feminist art, creating community, and facilitating initiatives in cultural democracy.
More about Crowe’s Gun Project and her work with HIVE here.
 
Born in the Philippines, Paul Robles is a Canadian artist based in Winnipeg. Recognized for his intricate origami cut paper works, Robles combines the delicacy associated with fine and traditional handwork with the portrayal of subjects such as violence, loneliness and intimacy. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Gold Medal) from University of Manitoba School of Art and Bachelor of Arts degree (Sociology) from The University of Winnipeg.
More on Robles’ paper-cutting here.
March 20, 2014: The Book is Happening
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I’m going to read to you this Thursday. I am going to read you my entire book, Quivering Land. It is a performative reading, durational. I’m going to read in the beautiful bookstore created by Steven Leyden Cochrane.
This is part of the exhibit, MY MONUMENT, currently at Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg. While the happening will be from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, you can stop in anytime. Come and go as you please. Horses welcome.
From Gallery 1C03, Facebook, March 13: “Through the use of sound, projection, movement, light and touch [Crowe] intends to create an opportunity for viewers to encounter ‘the gun’ in an artistic space.”
From Gallery 1C03, Facebook, March 26: “Warm up with the powerful words of Roewan Crowe on this first day of Spring. She will be reading her entire book “Quivering Land” in Gallery 1C03. Stay for the entire reading or drop in for a little while!”
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Yes, my lips actually froze while reading/talking/hosting at the ghost site today. I felt the frost heave, the forgotten world of Bold Print thawing with our presence. Thanks to everyone who joined us in our remembrance. Excited about how these ghost launches will unfurl in the coming months. Make sure you come to Gallery 1C03 at University of Winnipeg to see the show, My Monument, and pick up your copy of the chapbook that we launched.
Drawn together by a desire to gather at, remember, and occupy ghost bookstore sites – cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Paul Robles, and I, with special guest Chandra Mayor, read and launched a new work out front of 478 River, where the feminist bookstore Bold Print Inc. used to be located.
 
It was terrific to hear Chandra’s Bold Print reflections from when she was 16 years old. It was a charming performance and I’m so glad she, and all others, visited this ghost site with us! We are not ghosts!
Chandra Mayor is the current Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at The University of Winnipeg, author of three books of poetry and fiction, and Lambda Literary Award winner.
 
See a recollection of Bold Print Inc by Heidi Eigenkind http://www.ghostlaunch.ca/
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From Chandra Mayor, Facebook, March 15: “It was freezing cold, but bravo to all who came out regardless! I was so pleased to be part of this afternoon. And to echo Willow – even in these remembered sites, we are not ghosts! It was good to be face to face, remembering and listening and talking and creating, monuments and texts and bodies. xo”
From Gallery 1C03, Facebook, March 17: “Thanks to all who came out for Ghost Launch on a chilly but bright Saturday afternoon! Don’t forget to join us at Gallery 1C03 this Thursday afternoon (March 20) for the durational performance “The Book is Happening” by Roewan Crowe!”
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March, 2014

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“Academics in Solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence & Idle No More”

In collaboration with Dr. Catherine Taylor I launched “Academics in Solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence & Idle No More: Supporting Decolonizing and Indigenous Rights.”  This international solidarity social media campaign involved circulating a letter of support for Chief Theresa Spence. Our FB page garnered over 2000 likes, 29,000 hits in a short time, with people all over the world expressing support for Chief Spence.  The WordPress blog & Twitter gathered over 2100 signatures. The letter was published in the The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, The Future, and The Idle No More Movement, edited by The Kino-nda-niimi Collective, a group of Indigenous writers, artists, editors, curators and allies. Lead editors include Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Leanne Simpson, Tanya Kappo, Wanda Nanibush and Hayden King, Arbeiter Ring Publishing.

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The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.

 

I began work on Academics in Support of Chief Theresa Spence in December, 2012.

On December 11, 2012, Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike, calling the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston to “initiate immediate discussions and the development of action plans to address treaty issues with First Nations across Canada.” Chief Spence wished to raise concerns about the disregard of First Nations peoples by the Government of Canada, such as the continued failure to address poverty experienced in Indigenous communities, especially those living in rural and isolated communities. Chief Spence also wanted to discuss recent bills that were passed in the legislature without First Nations consultation, including the omnibus Bill C-45 which included changes that removed all environmental protection from the vast majority of Canadian waterways, along with many other attacks on the environment. In addition to endangering the future of all Canadians, these changes violate Aboriginal and treaty rights by permitting the destruction of hunting and fishing economies. These concerns and others are clearly expressed in the Idle No More movement manifesto, which I encourage all Canadians to read and discuss in their communities.

To take action, Catherine Taylor, Robin Jarvis Brownlie and myself created an open letter to the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston on December 21, 2012, which quickly gained support over social media.

Pictures below are from an Idle no More protest in Winnipeg at Portage and Main on December 31, 2012.

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here at thunderbird4It has been a pleasure to work alongside renowned Anishinaabe Canadian artist, Rebecca Belmore, during her creation and performance of “Here.”

Belmore’s description of her performance art piece, which took place Saturday, March 1, 2014:

Somewhere within the city, a fire will be kept mid-afternoon. An offering of tea and bannock will be made to passersby. Here, a notice will be posted stating that the fire itself and the sound of our voices will be streamed live via video-camera and projected onto a large wall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. A fire with people gathered around it for warmth becomes a poetic projection, a measure of the conceptual distance between the disparate realities that exist within our cities. The simultaneous positioning of myself as community member and as artist, questions the impact and role of the creative gesture. A giveaway will take place at both sites.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies commissioned acclaimed artist Rebecca Belmore to create Here, a new performance work in connection with the exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence. A live stream from the performance site to the WAG ran from 2-4pm. The undisclosed site of the art piece, announced at her artist talk the next day, was Thunderbird House.

Hear Belmore’s description of the art piece here.

Working with Rebecca Belmore and our organizing group was an exhilarating experience. Despite the extreme cold at -40°C we managed staying outside all day with the support of the warm fire, coffee and tea, and delicious bannock from The Bannock Lady, Althea Guiboche.

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While working with Belmore, we also learned more about her commissioned art piece for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR), which she has called Trace ProjectBelmore is creating a collaborative blanket of clay hand-pressed beads to be hung at the CMHR to represent colonization, our relationship to the earth and historic land which the building stands on, as well as individual traces left behind.

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During an organizing meeting for Here at Neechi Commons, we were all able to make a few beads with our organizing group, Anna Wiebe (WAG), Shelagh Pizey-Allen (IWGS), Christina Hajjar (IWGS), Lesley Klassen (videographer, Camp Fire Union), and Rebecca Belmore to contribute to the Trace Project.

You can read more about the Trace Project on CBC or the CMHR.

Belmore’s artist talk for the Trace Project is on Wednesday, April 9th, at 2:30pm, Room 2B23, University of Winnipeg.

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You can visit Rebecca Belmore and Theo Pelmus at the Neechi Commons (865 Main St) to make your own beads every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday between 12:00pm – 5:00pm or every Saturday & Sunday between 10:00 am – 4:00pm. Go and wrap your hand around some clay!

I also recommend checking out the Off The Beaten Path exhibition which will be at the WAG until April 20, 2014.

 

 

January 11, 2014

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Thanks to Shannon Webb-Campbell and Canadian Women in the Literary Arts for this excellent review of Quivering Land!

“Where language quivers, it’s the lines between the lines; the landscape of Crowe’s poetry that distills memory, meaning and loss. Quivering Land captures the endless shadows a western sunset truly casts.”