Topographies of a Homeplace is multimedia project engaging with topographical beadwork to explore counter-cartographic mnemonic narratives. This project began in the form of beaded topographies accompanied automatic prose divulging into the personal and communal memories of places in wolastoqiyik territory. since its conception, it has evolved into a mobile practice of communal knowledge production.
This workshop will include a discussion on topographies of a homeplace and the scholarship and practice that lead to its conception. Participants will be engaging with the beaded topographies and asked to create their own, a demonstration, assistance, and supplies will be provided; as well as an ongoing discussion on the limits and potentials of contemporary or counter-cartographic methods.
rudi aker is a wolastoqew artist, organizer, auntie, and researcher from St. Mary’s First Nation in Sitansisk (so-called Fredericton, New Brunswick) and for now a guest on Tio'tia:ke / Mooniyaang / Montreal. Currently finishing a BFA at Concordia University, rudi is a research assistant at OBX Labs / AbTeC, co-organizer of the Indigenous Art Research Group (IARG), and recently completed a Milieux Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Their research centers placehood, visibility, and the traversal of (un)colonized space(s) through conceptions of counter-cartographies and barrier-breaking. rudi is also the Exhibitions and Communications Coordinator at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and they love the colour yellow.
4TH SPACE, at Concordia University is located on the ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on the third floor. To raise other accessibility requests or questions please contact 4TH SPACE.
We acknowledge that to be “on site” requires that we question our relationship to the past, present, and future of the site on which we gather - Tiohtiá:ke on the unceded lands of the Kanien'kehá: ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. If this is not your land, how did you get here? How did your ancestors get here? How does race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and class affect the ways in which we relate to, move through, and create space? While the exhibition and corresponding programming is free of charge, we will be encouraging and collecting donations for The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.
While the act of queering space can point out the limitations of the ways in which the world around us is produced and normalized by and for certain bodies and not others, it is pertinent that we continuously reflect and act on the ways in which settler LGBTQI+ life is complicit in upholding ongoing colonial structures. As a pin on Queering The Map in Honolulu, Hawaii attests: “queer liberation must mean decolonization, and decolonization must mean queer liberation.”
This project is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Connection Grant, the Sustainability Action Fund and the External and Mobilization Fund at Concordia University, as well as the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.