Lens of Empowerment: women’s citizenship and identity in Stó:lō territory exhibition, Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo (I Am From Here), opening and screenings
Visual Arts Department Head, Jill Bain Visual Arts Instructor, Stephanie Gould
On March 27, 2015 the culminating exhibition of the Lens of Empowerment project, entitled Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo (I Am From Here), was celebrated in a well-attended opening and special screening of student films produced over the course of the project. This collective exhibition by student artists in the Lens of Empowerment Project and Community Arts Practice, with Visual Arts Instructor Stephanie Gould, explores identity, land, place and citizenship through women’s stories, lived experiences, intergenerational and intercultural points of view. Through a situated lens, diverse voices and representations all their own, these student artists confront hidden histories, suppressed voices, and representations of Indigenous people in film, art and media.
The exhibition and screening featured video shorts by Joanne Combes, Mario De Santis, Sarah Gabor-Martinez, Jessica Janik, Lauren Krenz, Kelly Oberholzer, Ramona Valenzuela, Theresa Warbus, and artwork by Rishma Johal, Carling Jackson, Samantha Merritt, Amber Oliver and Felix Zhang.
Student work in this exhibition was produced during courses in Video Production (VA 160 and VA 161) and Community Arts Practice (VA 390) with Stephanie Gould (Visual Arts Instructor). During the Fall and Winter semesters, students also studied Indigenous Arts: Stories and Protocols (IPK 277) or Stó:lō History (HIST 103) with Dr. Wenona Victor (Indigenous Studies), Introduction to Storytelling (THEA 250) with Dr. Michelle LaFlamme (English Department) or Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (AH 204) with Dr. Geoffrey Carr (Visual Arts Department).