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Serving the Tri-Cities for over twenty years, the Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE) engages our visitors through curated exhibitions, activated by public programs and dynamic school workshops. The AGE focuses on contemporary art and ideas explored by professional artists working in all mediums. We believe that art is integral to the fabric of daily life and seek opportunities to connect people with artists and the creative process.
EXHIBITION OPENS MAY 4
Exhibition image: Amanda Strong, Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes), 2018, film still, Courtesy of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc.
AMANDA STRONG: anaamakamig (under the ground)
May 04 – June 30, 2019
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | 6:30pm- 9pm.
Welcome remarks, followed by a tour with the artist begins at 6:30pm.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This exhibition goes behind the scenes to explore the world of Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (2018), the newest short film by Michif interdisciplinary artist Amanda Strong. Accompanied by their friend, a 10,000-year-old shape-shifter known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighborhood of Ontario. Driven by the words of Anishinaabe writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Strong’s mesmerizing stop-motion animation intricately weaves together multiple worlds through time and space, calling for a rebellion. The exhibition invites visitors into the world of Biidaaban and into Strong’s process by gathering together the elaborate puppets, sets and storyboards used to animate this story.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amanda Strong is an Indigenous interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop-motion animation and media art. She is currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories, also known as Vancouver, BC. Strong is the owner, director and producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction, SFP uses a multilayered approach and unconventional methods centered on collaboration in all aspects of their work.
ABOUT THE FILM
Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have harvested sap from trees to produce syrup, a practice that continues today. In the stop-motion animation Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (2018), the two main characters, Biidaaban, an Indigenous gender fluid youth, and Sabe, a Sasquatch shape-shifter, set out to harvest sap from sugar maples in private neighbourhoods of a suburban city in Ontario. In their urban environment, Biidaabaan can see traces of time, people, creatures and land. These visuals reverberate throughout the work to draw from the past, but what we see as viewers is steadfast in the present. Ancestors and animals such as Ghost Caribou and Ghost Wolf are embedded within the landscape, but only Biidaaban can see them. By harvesting sap in this way, they are continuing the work of their ancestors.
Driven by the words of Anishinaabe writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Strong’s mesmerizing stop-motion animation intricately weaves together multiple worlds through time and space, calling for a rebellion.