thirstDays No. 01
Love, intimacy and (com)passion, in a geopolitical context
— a monthly series of video, film, performance and ceremony events
Project curator/artist-in-residence Jayce Salloum
Ceremonial Activism 101: The Gifting
Taiontenonhwera:ton (to give thanks)
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 7:30pm
Curated & performed by T'uy't'tanat Cease Wyss and Aaron Rice
Featuring Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde and Nicole Mandryk
Ceremony and feasting is a good place to begin — that which comes before all else. Respect and gratitude. We lay the groundwork and bring the medicines, laying the foundation for those ahead of us. We witness, we gather, we welcome, we feast, we tell stories, and share. We connect.
~ Aaron Rice and Cease Wyss
Native Education College
285 East 5th Ave.
(5th Ave. at Main St.)
thirstDays is a project conceived as the rain falls and covers us in a slick substance transduced from the skies, moist. How can this, how can we, contribute to the establishing of a momentum that may have once been here in waves or pieces but over time was squandered, and defeated, with the imposition of capital triumphantly declaring its colonial (un)consciousness in our enclave by the water. Surrounded by a possible serene beauty, grief and sadness, love and hate, what encounters do we inscribe into our psyches and into our beings, what can art do to fulfil a mandate of hope and agency. What can we contribute.
The project takes inspiration from the patterns of existence to look at the mechanisms which we are part of, and relate them to all we end up being, sharing, denying, repressing and preserving. We seek that which compels us: love, intimacy and (com)passion, explorations of the commons/(un)commons; empathy and subjectivities; nourishing sites and situations; modes of agency; and subjectivities of place.
We insist on diversity and threads of collaboration, strands of 'collectivity'/affinity, emphasizing works that have a specificity of location with resonances/meanings for others within reach and beyond. There is a socio-psycho imperative here at this site — Vancouver — grounded in what is missing and manoeuvering the gaps while referencing the historic in the present(ness) — and of the moment — with the critical reimagining of the repressed and the projection of empathy and action.
~ Jayce Salloum