The Sunflower Man: Performance, screening and conversation with Heryka Miranda and Luis Mendoza on dance, migration and healing
This free event is organised by the DSA and the CUJAH and will take place in studio 7.255 of Concordia's Dance Department (7th floor of JMSB) right before the final Studio 7 of the semester! It will open with the presentation of The Sunflower Man dance, a screening of a short documentary film by the same name and close with a Q&A with the artists.
The Sunflower Man is a collaborative duet created by Heryka Miranda and Luis Mendoza (bios listed below). It explores the life-cycle of sunflowers and its interrelationship to the elements - sun, wind, rain and earth - as witnessed by a migrant farm worker through dance and storytelling.
Through the method of land dance and creative expression, Mexican migrant farm worker Luis was able to find his voice and use dance rehearsals and public performance opportunities as forms to resist precarious working conditions and as a platform to increase migrant worker visibility and advocate for migrant justice.
JUAN 'LUIS' MENDOZA DE LA CRUZ is a Mexican migrant farm worker who has been working on Canadian farms for 29-years. For the past 12-years he has been working in St. Catharines, Ontario in the flower industry. He is a musician, visual artist, storyteller and emerging dancer who uses the arts as a tool to resist against precarious working conditions. He is known as 'The Sunflower Man' because of the respect, love and admiration that he has for the sunflowers and the knowledge that he has gained over the years being their caretaker. He collaborated with Heryka Miranda on co-creating a 15-minute dance honouring the sunflowers. He is featured in the short film 'The Sunflower Man' by Toronto-based, Colombian filmmaker Monica Gutierrez. A film that depicts the journey of taking 'The Sunflower Man' dance piece to Parliament Hill to bring visibility to migrant farm workers as a plea for migrant justice.
HERYKA MIRANDA is a Guatemalan US-American Mestiza (who lives and works in Ontario, Canada), a social change dance artist and cultural worker who uses Indigenous land dance methods and expressive arts therapeutic approaches in her work with vulnerable communities. Her graduate research study at Brock University in the Niagara Region explored the experiences of Mexican and Guatemalan migrant farm workers’ participation in experiential 'dance for relaxation' community art sessions. The aim of her study was to provide relief and comfort to feelings of isolation and homesickness - often experienced by the precariousness of migrant farm workers’ employment. Her work using land dance practices with Juan ‘Luis’ Mendoza de la Cruz, migrant farm worker is featured in ‘The Sunflower Man’a short documentary by Toronto-based, Colombian filmmaker Monica Gutierrez.
MONICA GUTIERREZ is a Toronto-based, Colombian director and visual artist. Monica’s work explores stories between people, the arts, social justice and the environment through documentary and experimental videos. She has directed Crude Gold (2015), Poetry Saved Our Lives (2016) and Raptors Amongst Us (2016), a TVO Short Doc semi-finalist broadcasted in 2016.
Thank you to FASA, LePARC, EAHR|Media and the Department of Art History for making this event possible!
In collaboration with EAHR/Media (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research in Media) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC)
February 15, 2019, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
In this artist talk and conversation, Jaret Vadera will discuss key arcs, propositions, and questions guiding his multifarious practice.
Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we understand the world around and within us. Vadera's practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/de-colonial theory, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, and the study of impossible objects.
Vadera's paintings, prints, photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited widely at venues such as: the Queens Museum, MoMA, the Smithsonian APAC, Asia Society Museum, Aga Khan Museum, Maraya Art Centre, and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Vadera completed his undergraduate education at OCAD University and Cooper Union School of Art. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven.
Jaret Vadera discutera des principales démarches, propositions et questions qui orientent sa pratique éclectique.
Jaret Vadera est un artiste interdisciplinaire dont le travail explore comment différents processus sociaux, technologiques et cognitifs façonnent et dominent les manières dont nous comprenons le monde qui nous entoure et se trouve en nous. Sa pratique est influencée par les sciences cognitives, les théories postcoloniales et décoloniales, la science-fiction, la philosophie bouddhiste et l’étude des objets impossibles.
L’artiste a présenté ses tableaux, impressions, photographies, vidéos et installations dans de nombreux lieux d’exposition, notamment au Queens Museum, au MoMA, au Smithsonian APAC, à l’Asia Society Museum, à l’Aga Khan Museum, au Maraya Art Centre et au Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Jaret Vadera a effectué ses études de premier cycle à l’Université de l’École d’art et de design de l’Ontario et à la Cooper Union School of Art. Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise ès beaux-arts de la Yale School of Art, à New Haven.
EAHR | Media will kick off AGHSA's 13th annual Graduate Student Symposium, “Communities of Care,” with a professional panel including three professors and members of EAHR | Media: May Chew, Surabhi Ghosh, and Angélique Willkie.
Friday, February 1st, 5 PM – 7 PM
Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University (EV 3.711), 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
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Aligned with Black History Month and the 50th Anniversary of Sir George William's AFfair, EAHR | Media is hosting a panel with Naomi Bragin, d. Sabela Grimes, and Nantali Indongo, that is moderated by Yassin Alsalman.
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6-8 PM
H-110, 1455 De Maisonneuve O.
d. Sabela grimes
University of Southern California, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
Grimes is a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, a choreographer, writer, composer, and educator whose interdisciplinary performance work and pedagogical approach reveal a vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-Diasporic cultural practices. Grimes is considered one of the most imaginative and innovative artists in his field. His projects consider invisibilized histories and grapple with constructed notions of masculinity and manhood while conceiving a womynist consciousness.
University of Washington | Bothell
Bragin’s research studies the ethnographic cultural history of emergent hip hop dance in 1960s and 70s California. Streetdance refers to movement practices of youth who were rarely seen as legitimate dancers or allowed access to formal dance studios, and she links that displacement from the studio and aesthetic experimentation to explore how blackness informs and affirms Streetdance study. She combines oral history and performance ethnography with critical black theory, drawing on her experiences as a Streetdance student, teacher, and choreographer.
CBC, Nomadic Massive
Nantali Indongo is the host of CBC Montreal’s provincial arts and culture program, The Bridge, Saturdays on CBC Radio One and arts contributor for CBC Montreal. She’s also member of Nomadic Massive, a multilingual hip hop group based in Montreal. A graduate of University of Ottawa and Humber College, Nantali has shared her knowledge of music and culture as a community educator and public speaker.
Yassin Alsalman a.k.a. Narcy
Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman, formerly known as the Narcicyst, is a musician, actor, professor and multi media artist based out of Montreal, Canada. Being a pioneer of the Arab Hip-Hop movement through his Iraqi trio Euphrates in the early 2000s, Alsalman was a seminal member of a growing voice in the public sphere. Currently teaching one of Canada’s only Hip-Hop courses at Concordia University in Montreal, his ethos has been to blend performance with education, media with literacy and creativity with cultural heritage. He is also currently heading an international body of artists WeAreTheMedium, a family of independent creatives that come together for curation, performance, consultation and product based creation.
This event is supported by parainstitutional pedagogies, FFAR, and the Departments of Art History and Contemporary Dance within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and LePARC/Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture & Technology, Concordia University.
Afternoons at the Institute: Collective and Creative Methodologies within the Future of Indigenous Art, Julie Nagam
Within the context of Canadian art, deep listening as a decolonial practice has been a crucial part of engaging Indigenous thinking and other ways of knowing. Please join us for the inaugural event of the 2018-2019 EAHR | Media program featuring:
Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Acts of Listening Lab
(Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling – Dept of Theatre)
Listening Gathering: how we come together
Thursday September 27th 6:30-8:00pm
Jarislowsky Institute EV 3.711