Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Wil George: Survival In Its Many Shapes

Wil George: Survival In Its Many Shapes

November 5 to December 17, 2011 

from the UNIT/PITT website:

Wil George, a contemporary artist of the Tsleil Waututh Nation, will launch his book Survival In Its Many Shapes on Saturday November 5 at 2pm, at UNIT/PITT Projects. This book, accompanied by a video and readings to be broadcast on UNIT/PITT Radio, is part of the Ill Repute project for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, curated by Cease Wyss and Keith Higgins.

Wil George’s poems, both in print and reading, draw on the struggles for cultural and personal survival of First Nations people in the context of the colonization and development of the unceded territories on which Metro Vancouver are built. The project intersects with UNIT/PITT’s 36-year history as an institution which has hosted curators, artists and performers from the urban First Nations community, but extends beyond that to explore the persistence of lives, cultures, and people in resistance to the degradation of economic, social, environmental and cultural world around them.

Wil To Write – Wil George is a poet and contemporary storyteller from the Tsleil Waututh Nation (Burrard Indian Band) in North Vancouver.

Series co-curator Cease Wyss, a Skwxumesh media artist from the village of Sla7an in North Vancouver, is a past recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award for media art.

An artists’ talk will follow on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm. Admission to these events is free, but space is limited. Video will be presented nightly in UNIT/PITT’s front window until mid-December; audio will be available on UNIT/PITT Radio.

from the village of Sla7an in North Vancouver,


Wil is one of my favourite poets: his senses 
of beauty and play, of language and place, 
transmit through his poetry 
with delicacy, strength, and solid commitment.

Wil has a number of chapbooks available, including Raven Pomes, Raven Flight, and Mountain Bedded Rock

Chapbook series by Wil George
Other books featuring work by Wil George:

transporterbr.gifTransporters: Contemporary Salish Art
Andrea Walsh, Cathi Charles Wherry, and John Elliot and Wil George

This publication features the work of ten Salish artists from Southwest British Columbia and Washington State in a cross-section of ideas and images that express Salish visions of the land and critiques of cultural appropriation. Some artists have transported classical Salish design principles into the present, while others claim unexplored visual territory with their work and aspire to bring about new understandings of Salish thought and visual language. The principal text is accompanied by essays on the history of Salish practice and on Sencoten language and poetry. Participating artists include Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, John Marston, Luke Marston and Maynard Johnny Jr.
 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (12/2008) Source

Salish Seas: An anthology of text + image

This exciting new anthology brings together established and emerging artists of literary and visual forms, to articulate and illuminate contemporary indigenous British Columbia. Centered in urban communities of the Lower Mainland and Victoria, with contributing artists based in several other BC communities, poetry, songs and stories are presented as two separate fires, Men's Fire and Women's Fire, linked with a collectively written poem by women and men. Each fire opens with the voice of an elder poet who has passed, Chief William Sepass and Vera Manuel, and includes voices of youth and adult together. Plates of visual arts contributions of thirteen artists independently express the scope and diversity of themes.(2011) Source

Source + details for  
Mocambo Nights



Source + details for 
In Our Own Voices: Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation

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