Tsa Nitaakanistoonowawa?

Fri October 8 - Sun January 23, 2022
 Tsa Nitaakanistoonowawa?

Arts Commons Presents
Lightbox Studio

Tsa Nitaakanistoonowawa?
Sikapinakii

Location:
 Lightbox Studio
Dates: October 8 - January 23, 2022

3D Virtual Tour


EXHIBITION STATEMENT:
Currently the ways in which my artistic practice is changing, i have directed my attention to the importance of self. Since COVID-19 has swept through our world, i have had time to self reflect on who i am as a person and more specifically, who i am as an indigenous person. I am a two-spirited individual that takes hold of both femininity and masculinity. In this project i am painting/drawing myself in hopes that i can further open who i am as a two-spirited individual. I want to know if the viewer is peering into my portraits or if i am looking into theirs. The idea of; are you looking at the artwork or is the artwork looking at you? The Blackfoot word of “Tsa Nitaakanistoonowawa?” means “how will I recognize them?” combining the question, femininity, and masculinity. I would hope that this project can be an on-going topic that i will continue to search in my personal life.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
Sikapinakii is a two-spirited artist from the Siksika First Nation. They are currently attending the University of Calgary to study for a Master’s of Fine Arts in drawing. They use a variety of mixed mediums to tell the stories of their identity, Indigenous experiences, culture, language and stories told. Their overall practice aims to educate the non-Indigenous about the Blackfoot people in hopes that it will create a comfortable setting for all. This is crucial as a young Indigenous person as they have an ingrained purpose to tell their story and the stories of their people.

(beside Martha Cohen Theatre on the main level)