The Middle River | Virtual Reception: Facebook Live
Check out the recording of the Facebook Live reception that took place on August 8th, 2020. Fast-forward to 6:00 to hear the opening remarks.
THE MIDDLE RIVER COLLABORATION
The Hall/Evans collaboration advances research-based and community-engaged practice in the region and country at the same time as building a mindful process of ethical relationships between artists and communities. It also supports a deep creative partnership between an indigenous and non-indigenous artist and enables the development of strategies and protocols working hard and consciously towards reconciliation. It will also build models for working responsibly and respectfully within communities, crafting protocols for collaboration and working with community youth. In its direct challenge of Western notions of art, of knowledge and of the solitary artist as sole creator of their work—this project makes visible in a direct and powerful way the fact that art and knowledge are social and are never produced “alone”.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pam Hall’s work in rural Newfoundland has been ongoing since the late 1980s. Drawn deeply to place and to the labour of practice (and the practice of labour), she has worked with rural knowledge holders, especially in the fisheries, for many years. The Middle River collaboration with Jerry Evans is not her first project working with others and she has a long record of collaborative creation.
Jerry Evans is a senior Mi’Kmaw visual artist, curator and filmmaker. His work has explored his indigenous heritage through painting, printmaking, and film. He also curated FIRST, the 1996 inaugural exhibition of indigenous art in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Middle River is his first major collaboration with another artist and represents his ongoing exploration and celebration of Mi’kmaw and other indigenous experiences in NL.