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Introduction to #callresponse featuring interview with Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard

For our Two Year Anniversary, Broken Boxes Podcast is honored to host a series of interviews with the Artists involved in the project #callresponsea socially-engaged work bringing together 5 site-specific art commissions across the country. #callresponse focuses on reconciliation as an action that demands both talk and response, and is based on the spirit of the the talking stick as a tangible device and symbol that when performed, activates the restoration of balance by acknowledging the act of give and take, taking turns, or call and response.

This Episode will serve as an introduction to the #callrepsonse project series and will feature interview with Artists Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard. Each episode released through August 2016 will highlight an artist involved in the #callresponse project.

Tania Willard, Silence and Tongues, digital still from The Shuswap Indians of British Columbia by Harlan Smith (1928) and text (Text-excepted from Memories of the Kamloops Indian Residential School - as experienced by Irene Billy, Secwepemculecw, Land of the Shuswap www.landoftheshuswap.com)

Tania Willard, Silence and Tongues, digital still from The Shuswap Indians of British Columbia by Harlan Smith (1928) and text (Text-excepted from Memories of the Kamloops Indian Residential School - as experienced by Irene Billy, Secwepemculecw, Land of the Shuswap www.landoftheshuswap.com)

“#callresponse places the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and artists in a central location, giving proper respect and support to their roles as knowledge keepers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, teachers and creators.” -Tarah Hogue from #callresponse: Situating Indigenous women in re/conciliation

 

Maria Hupfield, Artist Tour Guide: McCord (2014), performance, McCord Museum, Montreal. Photo: Aimée Rochard.

Maria Hupfield, Artist Tour Guide: McCord (2014), performance, McCord Museum, Montreal. Photo: Aimée Rochard.

Project Details:

#callresponse presents the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and artists as central to the strength and healing of their communities. This multifaceted project brings together five site­specific art commissions that invite collaboration with individuals, communities, lands and institutions. This socially engaged project focuses on the "act of doing" through performative actions, highlighting the responsibility of voice and necessity of communal dialogue practiced by Indigenous Peoples.

An online platform will utilize the hashtag #callresponse on social media and a dedicated project website will serve to connect the geographically diverse sites and to generate discussion. An exhibition will be held at grunt gallery in October 2016 with guest respondents, accompanying programming, and a catalogue.

The project is led by Tarah Hogue (French/Dutch/Métis), Maria Hupfield (Anishinaabe) and Tania Willard (Secwepemc) and features five lead artists working in the following locations: Maria Hupfield in New York NY, Tania Willard in Secwepemc Territory BC and invited artists Christi Belcourt (Métis) on Manitoulin Island ON, Ursula Johnson (Mi'kmaw) in Vancouver BC, and Laakkuluk Williamson­Bathory (Inuk) in Iqaluit NU.

 

Earlier Event: February 9
Interview with Micah BlackLight
Later Event: March 14
Interview with Ursula Johnson