Ore Body

Tsēma Tamara Skubovius, Emergence, 2016

Tsēma Tamara Skubovius, Ore Body, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Tsēma Tamara Skubovius, Ore Body, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Tsēma Tamara Skubovius, Ore Body, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Ore Body

Friday, October 21, 2016 to Sunday, January 1, 2017
Opening reception
October 21,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

"My investigation for this work grapples with the body, my body as it has witnessed material and metaphysical landscapes changing and continually impacted, shaken and consumed by corporate resource extraction.  I critique how the value of land and natural resources are created and assessed through Western measures-of-wealth (social, economical, environmental, power, ownership) and how these types of evaluations impact traditional and contemporary cultural production in the Canadian wilderness, which is still considered an untapped frontier for natural resources. My Praxis is sparked by strategies of Indigenous resistance to neo-colonization, the embodied knowledge and everyday acts of decolonization as ways to understand the imaginary Canadian true-north and industrial reverberations felt by those who live downstream." - Tsēma Tamara Skubovius 

Ore Body investigates material and metaphysical landscapes from an embodied perspective, critiquing how valuation of land and resources are created and assessed through Western measures of wealth. Featuring a new series of large-scale lightboxes with images of multicoloured obsidian, a gem-like rock formed from cooling layers of lava found near Skubovius' family home in Northern BC, the exhibition explores bodily connections to land the impacts of resource extraction. 

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Artist Biography: 

Tsēma Tamara Skubovius is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Tahltan First Nation. She studied Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), has a BFA from ECUAD (2011) and MFA from OCADu (2016). Tsēma has shown in the notable group show, Interweavings for emerging First Nations artists who have previously won a YVR Art Foundation scholarship (RAG 2014/15) and was recently selected for Culture Shift, Contemporary Indigenous Art Biennale in Montreal (2016). Tsēma graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program at OCADu showing her thesis work, LAND|MINE that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land.

Writer: 

Alexandra Majerus is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in photography, video performance and installation. With a half-Caribbean background and repeated migrations between Barbados and Canada, and five years in France as an au-pair/waitress/office-worker, she has had to adapt to different languages and cultures - post-colonial Caribbean, European metropolis and Toronto's multicultural city. This has brought an awareness of how the institutionalization of cultural practices into norms plays out in people’s lives. Her practice engages with the notion of western culture, its categorizations (and stereotypes), often to examine issues of hybridity, displacement and gender. Currently an MFA candidate at OCAD University in Toronto, her thesis is investigating the culture and history of Caribbean countries and their diasporas within their frameworks of colonialism and forms of neo-colonialism, in particular tourism. Majerus is interested in the dynamics of subjectivity, agency and identity that lie between the constructed perception of Paradise and lived experience.Majerus has exhibited in Toronto, Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad, Bulgaria, and Paraguay. She is also the Director of Unpack Studio Art Projects & Havana Residency.