An artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, Joi T. Arcand is currently an artist-in-residence at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; ODD Gallery, Dawson City; Mendel Art Gallery and Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; and Gallery 101, Ottawa. Her work has been included in numerous national group exhibitions, and has been exhibited internationally in Asheville; Seattle; Bilbao, Spain; and London, UK. Arcand has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for PAVED Arts and was a co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery in Saskatoon.
She also founded and edited the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012–2014), and recently curated Language of Puncture at Gallery 101. She received her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005.
Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in central Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 Territory), currently based in Ottawa. Her early work in photography and digital collage images was informed by her interest in graphic and typographic arts. Arcand’s practice imagined what an Indigenized public space could be, by rendering streetscapes and communities with typographic inclusions of nehiyawēwin, or Plains Cree (Y dialect), language. Her work has evolved to place site-specific neon signage in Cree syllabics throughout the interiors and exteriors of buildings. It expresses phrases that provide hope and encouragement for Indigenous peoples, especially those discovering the language of their people and territories through generations of linguicide, while challenging settlers and newcomers to learn the original language and visual culture of the territories upon which they now reside. This act of realizing a futurity for Indigenization of public spaces is a powerful and radical way to counter the systemic effects of colonization, creating spaces that reflect the language, culture and values of Indigenous peoples expressed in our natural and built environments.
Hannah Doerksen is a Calgary-based artist who received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. During her studies, Doerksen attended the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn and the California College of Art in San Francisco. Since graduating, she has exhibited in Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States and throughout Canada. Recently, Doerksen presented major projects at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Walter Phillips Gallery, Untitled Art Society and The Art Gallery of Guelph.
Przemek Pyszczek is a Polish-born, Winnipeg-raised artist. After living in Berlin for the last eight years, he has relocated to rural Poland to continue his artistic research. Through architecturally inspired sculptures, installations and paintings, Pyszczek’s work traces Poland’s transition since the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well as serving as an ongoing journey to rediscover his own past. He has a BA in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, and has been exhibited widely, most recently presenting solo exhibitions at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg and Galerie Derouillon, Paris. His work has been included in Forever Never Comes, Museo Archeologico e d'Arte della Maremma, Grosseto; 1989, Belenius, Stockholm; Sandomir, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Industrius, Window Gallery, Winnipeg; Building Systems, Berthold Pott, Cologne; and Corporalitas, Open Forum, Berlin.
Born in Calgary, Elif Saydam is a Turkish-Canadian artist, writer and performer based in Berlin. Recent performances and exhibitions include a staging of Ariana Reines’ Telephone based on the work of Avital Ronell, at KunstWerke, Berlin (2018); No R.E.M. at Ashley Berlin (2017); Bertolt Brecht's Der kaukasische Kreidekreis as part of Made in Germany Drei Hannover (2017); Matador at Kunstverein Nürnberg (2016); and Molière’s Le Misanthrope 1666 for La Biennale de Montréal (2016).
Saydam will publish her first novel in September with Broken Dimanche Press. She received her Meisterschülerin in painting from Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main, class Monika Baer/Amy Sillman 2016.
Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor whose work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, his work strays from established Inuit art-making methods, exploring a range of fabrication processes.
Van Heuvelen holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, he has lived and worked in Southern Ontario for most of his life.