Nuit Blanche, Toronto

Life on Neebahgeezis: A Luminous Engagement – Maria Hupfield, Curator

I am pleased to share Life on Neebahgeezis: A Luminous Engagement a powerhouse line-up of dedicated artists both indigenous and non-indigenous. Together the artists comprise a slew of nations and perspectives representing Turtle Island for Many Possible Futures, Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017. This curatorial effort prioritizes Native lived experience, knowledge and language with a foundation in solidarity building between Indigenous to Indigenous, and non-indigenous peoples. Positioned at the intersections of race, gender and class Life on Neebahgeezis: A Luminous Engagement is grounded in reciprocity. Together with the support of the production team at the City of Toronto we have gone through great efforts to ensure that each of the artists projects are represented with transparency, care and support with respect to the artists work and politics. It gives me great pleasure for one night on September 30th-October 1, from 7pm-7am, to take over the financial district of Toronto extending from Bay Street between Albert Street and King Street, over to Queen Street & University Avenue. #nbTO17

The 5 artists commissions include:

  1. In Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice, Siku Allooloo and Jaskiran Dhillon – public readings on accomplice building as a collaborative solidarity action between indigenous and non-indigenous at Cloud Gardens with new writing by guests Gwen Benaway, T.L. Cowan, Alicia Elliott, and Karyn Recollet. #AccompliceNotes
  2. Manitowapow, speaking to the moon, Julie Nagam – from the heart of First Canadian Place an immersive multimedia dome installation on the global environmental crisis.
  3. Kitakio’sinnooniks, Cherish Violet Blood – the colonial history of Toronto becomes an indigenous footnote. The historic Campbell House Museum receives a blackfoot lead theatre intervention that centers a native woman line-up of Toronto based film makers, musicians, poets and friends.
  4. Serpent People, Aanmitaagzi Company – a community based decentralized theatre production on how to bring ourselves back to who we are, grounded in the stories of The Black Sturgeon from Nippissing First Nation, North Bay area, as told by Aanmitaagzi artist Perry Mcleod-Shabogesic.
  5. Laxa’ine’ gigukwdzikasi’ gigukwas Hayałiligase’, The Many Large Houses of the Ghosts, Marianne Nicolson – animated projections on the bell tower at Old City Hall overwrite the Romanesque civic building and courthouse to address a history of dispossession, colonial power and buildings as permanent markers on land and bodies.


Cherish Violet Blood in Toronto Star


Aanmitaagzi Company and Cherish Violet Blood in NOW Magazine’s 10 must-see shows


Marianne Nicolson interviewed for NOW Magazine’s cover story:


CBC Q interview with Marianne Nicolson

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