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Arctic/Amazon Symposium 2019

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235 Queens Quay West

Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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A gathering of scholars, curators, and Indigenous artists primarily from North American regions of the Arctic and Amazonian zones in Brazil.

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During the European Age of Exploration, the Arctic and Amazon became metaphors for unknown, mysterious regions of the world that seem to embody nature in its pristine state. The two extreme regions seem contrary; however, they have many commonalities: both regions have social, cultural, economic and aesthetically entangled histories between Indigenous peoples and their European outsiders involving adaptation, exploration, colonization, exploitation and protection.

This two-day symposium is co-presented by The Power Plant and OCAD University’s Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. The aim is to nurture dialogical engagement between Arctic and Amazonian Indigenous ontologies while being cognizant of balancing regional knowledges of land-human relations within a globally Indigenous epistemic framework. It also kicks off year-long programming leading up to a larger conference and exhibition organized by Dr. Gerald McMaster in Fall 2020.

This symposium will address key questions: how might the centralizing of Indigenous cosmologies, traditional knowledges, and the everyday practicalities of living, protecting, and being in relation to respective lands transform Eurocentric artistic and scientific disciplinary approaches to understanding climate change?; furthermore, what are some of the shared concerns that reveal a globalized sense of indigeneity?

On each day, in the morning to early afternoon, a large discussion circle will be facilitated by Indigenous artist-scholars who are part of the OCAD U faculty. On the first day, the facilitator will encourage the discussants to share their perspectives as well as raise concerns about addressing land-human relations in times of political and environmental upheavals. On the second day, the facilitator will gear conversations toward ways in which Indigenous artists can support one another through shifts in socio-political duress, future objectives, environmental directives, and land/human relations.

Each afternoon, the symposium will break into smaller group discussions. Artists from the Arctic and Amazon will be paired up so that they can provide a more in-depth accounting of their practice and begin to imagine and discuss ways in which their practices reach toward and support one another.

The symposium will be interwoven with performative responses.

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If you have any accessibility requirements, please email us at agoto@ocadu.ca

There will be whisper and consequestive interpreters in the audience to aid Spanish, English and Portuguese speaker.

For more information for the artists and the discussions go to arcticamazon.wapatah.com

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