“Hupfield and Vickers present Vestige Vagabond (VV) a mash-up of unexpected visual references and interactive experiences. Using items worn and carried on the body the artists perform and occupy economic and cultural sovereignty through a combination of choreographed movement and free demonstrations. Creative ingenuity and cultural survival mix with humour and animated objects to reflect the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.”
Artist Charlene Vickers and I met in Brooklyn to create a selection of all new objects which were presented for the first time at Panoply Performance Lab 104 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday June 22nd 8pm. VV – Viger Square extended our work with the objects at street level during MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, Encuentro Hemispheric Institute, Montreal 2014. Actions included speaking in languages not our own, pylon spy scope, orange hood for two, listening, speak to the mother, and this is not a ceremony. This project was made possible through the support of the British Columbia Arts Council.
Charlene Vickers and Maria Hupfield live on opposite coasts and met via Rebecca Belmore in Vancouver BC at Grunt Gallery in 2007. Vestige Vagabond was developed for the Not Sent Letters Project by Jeremy Todd, 2010, and commissioned for The 2011 Annual Santa Fe Indian Market by Ryan Rice, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe NM as programming for the exhibition Counting Coop.
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnaabe Vancouver based visual artist since 1990. Her paintings and sculptural installation are known to search the edges of performance and video to explore how memory, healing and ties with ancestral lands can be achieved through bodily gesture and archival images. Charlene’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Canadian artist run centres in Vancouver, Winnipeg MN, Richmond BC, Bowmanville and Peterborough ON. Vicker’s beer case and denim mixed media moccasins have travelled to NYC, Amsterdam, Anchorage Alaska and Santa Fe NM. She completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University and is on the Board of Directors at Grunt Gallery in Vancouver, BC.