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Reona Brass and Sherwin Bitsui:
Dear Reservation

The New Gallery, Calgary AB – Jul 8-Aug 5, 2006

Sherwin Bitsui and Reona Brass, Connection from Dear Reservation

Sherwin Bitsui and Reona Brass, Connection from Dear Reservation, Santa Fe NM, 2005. Brass and Bitsui will perform Dear Reservation at The New Gallery, Calgary AB, Jul 7, 8pm]

Colin Birnie, Anonymous Portrait – a religious experience

Colin Birnie, Anonymous Portrait – a religious experience (2006) paper and tar [The New Gallery, Calgary AB, July 8-Aug 5]

Dear Reservation explores the complex and difficult relationship of contemporary First Nations people to reservations and to ideas of survival. Saulteaux artist Reona Brass and Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui will conduct a dawn-to-dusk fasting while offering an “act of translation” that is part poetry, part performance and part installation.

Reona Brass trained at the Ontario College of Art and the University of Regina. Her performance and installation artworks draw upon traditional Saulteaux rituals and beliefs. In a genre she ironically describes as "Aboriginal New Ritual", Brass uses her own body as a site of suffering, endurance and transformation to expose the struggles experienced by indigenous women with racism, colonialism, dysfunctional Native communities and globalization. She has exhibited across Canada and in the U.S. since 1993, and currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Brass will perform Dear Reservation with poet Sherwin Bitsui at the opening reception on July 7 at 8pm. Bitsui, who currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. For Dear Reservation, Bitsui will write repeatedly in lead and on rocks on the floor to create a “sea of poetry”. Brass, her wrist bound to Bitsui’s, will wrap barbed wire around herself to create a large structure. At dusk, the artists will interact with various objects during an avant-garde recitation of “double speak”. Mia Johnson 

Reona Brass, Fence

Reona Brass, Fence (wire) from Dear Reservation, a performance from Santa Fe, USA (2006) [The New Gallery, Calgary AB, July 8-Aug 5]

 Thu, Jun 1, 2006