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Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter
Artist, curator

Calgary, Banff
November 29, 2017

Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuvialuk artist and curator. She currently holds the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She received a diploma from Grant MacEwan University and a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016. Since graduating, she has made work for Femme Wave, Sled Island, and Contemporary Calgary. She is a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and a board member of Stride Gallery. Her drawings were recently featured in the Summer 2017 Issue of Inuit Art Quarterly. Her installation Mourn is currently on display at the Telus Convention Centre as part of The City of Calgary Public Art Program until December 17. (Photo: Chelsea Yang)

1. The Office



I’ve started re-watching The Office again (the US Version) because I think it’s a great way to shut off your brain after a long day. It’s a show you don’t really have to pay much attention to. Michael Scott is the most cringe-worthy character, but re-watching the show fills my daily quota for second-hand embarrassment. I am gladly anticipating the Pam/Jim storyline to develop further; it always leaves me in tears (for the past few years I have also been obsessed with watching shows that I know will make me cry – it’s a great way to purge your body of those extra tears that build up over time).

2. Saying yes to opportunities / Y.O.L.O.


Logo of the 21st biennial meeting of the Native MAerican Art Studies Association by Mechoopda/Maidu artists Jacob Meders

I seem to be obsessed lately with saying “yes” to a lot of things. I think it's because I don’t want to have any wasted opportunity within my limited time on this earth (Y.O.L.O.) and also because I can’t seem to function without having a bunch of things on my plate. I make this sound bad but saying “yes” to things has been really helpful in keeping my arts momentum going post-graduating. This methodology recently led me to be included on a panel titled "Thinking through the Museum: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Arts Institutions in Canada" with Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow, Amy Prouty, and Heather Igloliorte, who was also facilitating the discussion at the North American Art Studies Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past October.

3. Zoning out / the deep scroll



Despite my need to be constantly working on something, I often find myself spending a seemingly endless amount of time zoning out on Facebook and Instagram. For the time being I am writing it off as “self-care” in the form of deep scrolling. My favourite types of videos to get lost in are nail tutorials, DIY craft tutorials, cooking videos that seem to somehow always make cookies look sexy, cute animal compilations, and videos of terrible drivers. I am a big fan of the “save” function on Facebook as well. It’s great that I can tuck away things to read later so I don’t have to interrupt my scrolling sprees.

4. Reconciliation



I have been thinking a lot about this term lately. I attended a talk by David Garneau and he stated something along the lines that reconciliation (the restoration of friendly relations) implies that there was a great relationship between settlers and Indigenous folks in the first place (and I don’t believe that there was). I believe that the term David used that would make more sense in the Age of Reconciliation would be simply “conciliation.” I can be pretty vocal about these issues and I try hard to make sure our voices are heard, but sometimes it all becomes very overwhelming and I resort to the cute animal compilation videos to create a balance between the two.

5. Memes



As a millennial who spends too much time on the internet, I’ve discovered the wonder of memes and the community (IRL and online) that can be built through them. I recently came across an Instagram account that shares memes relating to Indigenous struggles and it is incredibly validating to see glimpses of myself or my community in a relatable, easily sharable, online format. I’ve noticed that it seems more important than ever to build connections with folks and to stay in touch with friends all while keeping up with busy schedules – perhaps it could be argued that sending a meme to your friend ever so often is the new postcard.

 

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