In collaboration, interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle and video artist Lisa Birkes’, Different Ways invokes and reimagines the first encounter between European settlers and Indigenous Peoples, fostering a new dialogue about how we can find a path forward together.
Lisa and Terrance’s journey began at Flotilla 2017 at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Bringing the project to the opposite coast, this iteration of Different Wayswill incorporate footage collected from Terrance’s familial traditional territory outside of Calgary, Alberta on the Bow, Ghost and Sheep Rivers. Also included will be documentation of their performance at Confederation Landing, and stories and imagery contributed by members of the Indigenous community. At once playful and profound, Different Waysopens the space for questioning and conversation around the complex relationship between Indigenous communities and settlers on this land.
Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, 8:00pm – starting at Richmond Art Gallery and will continue to Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
Friday, August 31st – Saturday, September 1st 10am – 9:30pm – at Richmond Art Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle’s practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe.
Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian experimental short filmmaker who situates between the traditions of painting, digital video and performance art. She has had solo exhibitions across Canada and her short films screened at film/video festivals and media centres internationally. Lisa examines notions of ‘self’ through the lens of gender, bringing the cultural tropes of woman into focus and into question. Filmed unaccompanied in the Canadian landscape, absurd yet insightful performative acts become entangled in nuanced and complex narratives in single and multichannel video works that make reference to art history, mythology and popular culture. Revealing what lies beneath the surface of femininity, her work toys with a conclusion that is problematic, comic-tragic, and most essentially, human.