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The Earth is my Elder
Wednesday February 3rd at 12 PM until 4 PM
The Earth is my Elder is centred around the film, poetry and installation-based work of artist, poet and earth alchemist Krista Arias. Her work explores the complexities of reconnecting, as a woman and mother, to ancestral homelands, while living as an uninvited guest in Indigenous territories in the USA and Canada. As a member of the Xicana diaspora, Arias' direct connection to Indigenous land, language and culture has been broken over generations of migration arising as necessity from colonial structures. She explains: "My greatest resource in cultural recovery and transmission as a mother, of finding belonging even in the liminal space of home-not-home without traditional Eldership, has been my own body-as-earth connection and awakening."
The exhibition is curated by Toby Lawrence, and will be presented in person at the Open Space gallery, 510 Fort St., from February 3rd, 2021, to May 29, 2021. Gallery hours: 12-4pm, Wed-Sat. Admission is free / by donation. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs with two landings. There are two gender-inclusive washrooms. COVID-19 protocols are in place throughout the gallery; the use of masks is required unless exempt.