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Youth Workshop: Unmasking Your Roots

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Calgary, AB T2G 0H7

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Youth are invited to join us for this two-part workshop series with local artists Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman.

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Unmasking Your Roots: A Youth Workshop with Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman

Workshops will take place on Saturday 25 September and Saturday 2 October from 3-4:30PM. Attendance on both dates is essential.

What makes you authentically you?

How do you stay connected to that authenticity?

How do you share that with the world?

As part of Esker’s ongoing engagement series for RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, this month, youth aged 16-25 will have the opportunity to explore these questions with local artists Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman in a two-part poetry and performance workshop.

Nastassia and Sydonne will be leading participants in a poetic response to exhibiting artist Manuel Mathieu’s compelling painting, ST-Jak 3. This powerful piece expresses the stories and emotional history of Haiti, the land the artist comes from, and questions how these stories are carried and inherited by the people of a land.

The topic of the workshop, "Unmasking your Roots," will be explored through writing poetry and creating a visual art project. Unmasking one's roots reveals the true character of an inanimate or living being, uncovering its most natural and tangible form. This natural state discloses what makes us who we are, what keeps us grounded, and how we connect with the people and things around us.

About the Artists:

Nastassia Aikman fell in love with poetry as a small child growing up in rural Jamaica. The iconic Jamaican poet and folklorist, Louise Bennett-Coverley influenced her craft and soon Nastassia began writing and performing her own poems. Nastassia is a performing artist who mainly writes in her Jamaican dialect, "Patois" and can be found performing her pieces in and around the city of Calgary at various events.

Sydonne Warren is a Jamaican-Canadian contemporary visual artist specializing in large-scale expressive paintings, murals, and digital design. Her artwork often showcases high contrast subjects, bold colour palettes, and a mixture of expressive strokes, drips and rigid lines. Her themes reflect her experiences as a Jamaican-Canadian immigrant, woman and mother. She uses her perspective to share her desire for the African diaspora to occupy, impact and own space.

Image: Manuel Mathieu, ST-Jak 3, 2020. Courtesy of PHI Foundation.

This program will happen in-person. Registration for both dates is essential and is limited to 10 participants.

Prior to Registering for this program or event, please read Esker Foundation’s Media Release Agreementhttps://eskerfoundation.com/assets/MediaReleaseAgreementMay2019.pdf

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Parisa Radmanesh: pradmanesh@eskerfoundation.com

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Esker Foundation is a contemporary art gallery located in Calgary, Canada.
As a leader in the Calgary arts community Esker connects audiences to contemporary art through relevant and accessible exhibitions, programs, and publications. 

Admission and Programs are FREE.
The gallery is barrier-free.

Esker Foundation programs three exhibition changes per year for the fallwinter, and spring/summer seasons. Find out more at www.eskerfoundation.art

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