Call For Participants – Mackenzie Art Gallery

de-colonize my heart

a performance by Peter Morin

Part of the exhibition Moving Forward, Never Forgetting at the MacKenzie Art Gallery from February 28th – April 19th, 2015

Performance Workshop Details:

Tuesday, Feb 24th at North Central Community Association, 6:00-9:00 pm- food provided

Wednesday, Feb 25th at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2:30-5:30 pm- snacks provided

Thursday, Feb 26th at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2:30-5:30 pm- snacks provided

Peter Morin Performance: Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:00-8:00pm

Transportation will be provided for all workshops and the performance.

Artist Peter Morin is seeking individuals to work with in the development of a performance at the MacKenzie Art Gallery titled de-colonize my heart. Workshops are scheduled for February 24, 25, and 26, with the performance scheduled to take place Friday, February 27, 2015 from 4-8 pm.

Peter Morin is interested in transformation and how the act of transforming creates a new pathway for our experience of history. His medium for this work has been performance art.  When describing de-colonize my heart, Morin says: “This is a transformation. This is about de-colonizing hearts. This is about singing, healing.” Morin will collaborate with individuals in the creation and development of a new series of actions that will create a space for hearts to beat, to rattle, to sing, to transform.

Community Workshop Description

February 24, 25, 26, 2015

In preparation for this new performance, the artist will lead a series of performance workshops with community; a series of performance exercises designed to develop a visual and physical language that will be used to create the new performance work. These exercises will focus on developing performance language, de-colonizing strategies, and the ability to sing our songs in public. Each workshop will be a minimum of three hours long and will be focused on cultural practice and support through drumming, singing, and talking circles. The group will work collaboratively on developing a stronger connection to bodies and voice through guided activities. One of these activities will be focusing on building safe contact with objects through collaborative performance movement. Throughout the week sessions, the artist will also talk about his practice, the performance he would like to develop for the MacKenzie, and review the texts to be used in the performance.

Performance Description

Friday, February 27th, 2015

4:00-8:00 pm

The artist, alongside workshop participants / members of community, will brew batches of tea made from harvested medicines. This tea will be used to wash colonial texts. They will use dampened/wet cloths, soaked in the tea, and go through each book page by page. Each text will be wiped clean; transforming the book into something new. The books will be left to dry in the space on a blanket. The culmination of the performance will end in collective song – artist, participants and viewers will, drum, rattle and sing.

About Peter Morin

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator and writer who recently relocated from British Columbia to Brandon, Manitoba where he joined the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University. Morin studied art at Emily Carr University of Art+Design and recently completed his MFA at University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2011. In both his artistic practice as well as his curatorial work, Morin’s research investigates the spaces between indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism. This work, defined by Tahltan Nation production and worldview, often takes on the form of performance interventions, and also includes object and picture-making. Morin has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Canada and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize in 2014.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project, please contact Michael Parker at (306) 791-9888 before February 18th, 2015.