Visual Arts

Library of talks, interviews and performances

Visual Arts

Library of talks, interviews and performances

Artist’s talk: Robert Burke

Artist’s talk: Robert Burke

As a residential school survivor of 10 years, Robert knows the power of art. Robert’s art speaks to his life stories that emerge from the various social and political injustices he has experienced throughout his life on systematic, community, and individual levels that have informed Robert’s intricate symbolism. Creating his own elements and symbols, Robert steps out of a defined cultural iconography to construct his own unique style.

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Artist’s talk: Skawennati

Artist’s talk: Skawennati

Skawennati investigates history, the future, and change from her perspective as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman and as a cyberpunk avatar. Her early adoption of cyberspace as both a location and a medium for her practice has produced groundbreaking projects such as CyberPowWow and TimeTraveller™. She creates machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—as well as still images, textiles and sculpture.

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Gord Hill

Gord Hill

Kwakwaka’wakw author, artist & activist Gord Hill is the 2024 Lehan Lecturer with UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts. His free public talk ran on Thursday, March 7 in room A110 of UVic’s Turpin building. You can watch his talk in this video: An artist, author, political…

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Artist’s talk: Kemi Craig

Artist’s talk: Kemi Craig

Kemi Craig is the 3rd Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria. Through her lived experience as a woman of African descent, her artistic practice moves through analogue and digital visual technologies to center futures for people with raced and gendered bodies. She creates multi-sensory, site-specific installations and performances, embedding community and audience engagement.

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Artist’s talk: Joel Ong

Artist’s talk: Joel Ong

Joel Ong is a media artist whose works connect scientific and artistic approaches to the environment, particularly with respect to sound and physical space. He is an Associate Professor in Computational Arts and Helen Carswell Chair in Community Engaged Research in the Arts at York University in Toronto.

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Artist’s talk: Daniel Laskarin

Artist’s talk: Daniel Laskarin

With a background as a helicopter pilot/engineer, Daniel Laskarin’s experience in the moving dimensionality of flight and in translating the codes of navigational maps into physical space ultimately led to sculptural and multimedia objects and installations investigating the structure of perception mapped as knowledge and consciousness within everyday life.

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Artist’s talk: Farheen Haq

Artist’s talk: Farheen Haq

Farheen Haq’s multidisciplinary practice, which often employs video, installation and performance, is informed by interiority, relationality, family work, embodiment, ritual and spiritual practice. Haq’s current work focuses on understanding her family history on Turtle Island, caregiving and the body as a continuum of culture and time.

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Artist’s talk: Michael Doerksen

Artist’s talk: Michael Doerksen

Michael Doerksen is a Canadian visual artist who has exhibited sporadically since the late 1990s. His practice is based mostly in sculpture with occasional detours in drawing, photography, and video. His figurative group sculpture entitled ‘chatbots’ along with his latest wood carvings based on whimsies are the focus of this talk.

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Artist’s talk: Kelly Richardson

Artist’s talk: Kelly Richardson

This talk was offered in support of her exhibition, Halcyon Fog, curated by Charo Neville for Kamloops Art Gallery (2022). Using digital technologies, Kelly Richardson creates hyper-real, sublime, and spectacular landscapes that communicate underlying unsettling narratives. Her work asks us to consider what we truly value and where we might go from here.

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