Creator Within: A Gathering of Indigenous Artistic Expressions Festival

Creator Within
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 5:00am

The Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts (herein referred to as ANDPVA) mandate is to provide access, stimulate and promote creativity in the arts for artists/creators/producers of Native ancestry working in any discipline - by facilitating workshop & training opportunities, programming events, information services and networking opportunities, by advocating for Native art and Native artists, creators and producers, by rendering experienced and informed counsel, and by providing professional opportunities - to ensure Native art and artists a place of integrity within the Native and non Native community.

ANDPVA presents "Creator Within: A Gathering of Indigenous Artistic Expressions Festival", including participation by Faculty of Liberal Studies Instructor Tannis Neilsen.

Festival takes place at various locations in Toronto, please visit the website for a complete schedule.


Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 4:00am

Glenbow museum in Calgary presents a group show, "Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art" which includes a video piece Nimin o aya’n / I have recovered by OCAD Drawing & Painting Instructor, Tannis Nielsen.

"In Nimin o aya’n / I have recovered, the disappearance and reappearance of my body reads as a metaphor of survival. The black paint spread over flesh - combined with the sounds of the train, serve as reference points of colonial westward expansion, and the intended erasure of My People.
The blackness of the paint transforms itself into oil, (a metaphor of blood), and my arms begin to echo the movements of vigorously, rotating steel wheels. The screaming sound of the train (in the first half of video) is made to be painfully un-bearable. The harshness of the pitch of sound, does not allow for anyone, else or “other” to be heard.
The latter half of this video depicts (our / my) recovery– I recover; reclaim my physical my thoughts, my spirit. Here - there is a profound silence; as winter blankets sound so too does this white paint - that allows for the act of remembering.

Poka Laenui, in his article titled “The Processes of De-colonization” teaches; that there are “five distinct phases of a peoples decolonization. They are (1) rediscovery and recovery, (2) mourning, (3) dreaming, (4) commitment, and (5) action.”

Rebirth, recovery, revitalization; this is my story and so it is titled Nimin o aya’n / I have recovered."

Venue & Address: 
Glenbow Museum 130 — 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta

Mukwa Geezis 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:00am

The Association for Native Development in the Visual & Performing Arts (ANDVPA) presents its annual gathering at OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Various locations at OCAD 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Bonnie Devine Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Piece of work from the exhibition
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 4:00am

La Rábida, Soul of Conquest: an Anishinaabe encounter 
By Bonnie Devine

Opening Reception: Saturday September 17, 2 pm

Remarks and Performance at 3 pm

 Artist Talk: Saturday November 5 at 2 pm

La Rábida is a Franciscan monastery overlooking the mouth of the Rio Tinto near the small town of Palos de la Frontera on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Christopher Columbus set sail from this place in August 1492 confident he would find a new route to Asia. He landed instead on an island in the Caribbean Sea. The cultural confrontation that followed his landing is the inspiration and subject of this exhibition.

Using texts and images from European and Indigenous sources Bonnie Devine explores the techniques of the conquistadors to document and question the evangelical justification for their conquest. The exhibition includes sculpture, drawing, painting, video, and a specially commissioned choral work by Anishinaabe composer David DeLeary that is based on the Latin text of the 1493 Papal Bull,Inter Caetera - the Doctrine of Discovery.

A member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, an Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron, Bonnie Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions she witnessed as a child. Her art explores issues of land and environment, treaty and history. She is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. Though formally educated at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield.

Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing. In addition to her art practice Bonnie is a tenured professor at OCAD University in Toronto and the Founding Chair of OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in the development of this project.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located in downtown Peterborough at 250 Crescent Street. For more information call 705 743 9179 and visit