Art[4] Change: Indigenous Women Speak


Art[4]Change: Indigenous Women Speak (2019)

Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice presents:

Art[4] Change: Indigenous Women Speak

Monique Aura Bedard, Tia Cavanagh, Alex Jacobs-Blum

September 13-15 during Hamilton SuperCrawl

We speak from water
We stand for water
We are water
Water is medicine
And so are our stories
Remember this
She’s hurting
Moving with the wind
Rising and falling
But also blooming
No body is there
Some body is here
Washing away the pain
Water drips
She is healing
– Monique Aura Bedard

Art[4]Change: Indigenous Women Speak is a collaborative animated video by artists, Monique Aura Bedard (Onyota’a:ka, Oneida Nation of the Thames), Tia Cavanagh, (Anishinaabekwe, Mukwa Dodem, Sagamok Nation) and Alex Jacobs-Blum (Lower Cayuga Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River). By combining their practices they seek to engage in a collective healing journey through truth-telling, reclamation and art intervention. A garment fashioned after a communion dress Tia Cavanagh’s Nokimos wore is re-interpreted through different visual aesthetics, reclaiming the past by making connections to the residential school legacy. Water is used from an Indigenous perspective of medicine to illustrate a caring for their histories, stories, memories, ancestors, families, futurities, land and themselves.

The video will be projected onto a parking garage located at 32 York Blvd in downtown Hamilton during Hamilton SuperCrawl on the evenings of Friday September 13th, Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th. The video will be screened from 7:30pm to approximately midnight each night.


Alex Jacobs-Blum (2019)

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Our 173 James North location is partially physically accessible. We have a level entrance leading to our shop, information desk, galleries, washroom and traditional print studio. Unfortunately, we do not have automatic doors or an elevator. Our silkscreen studios and digital lab are only accessible by stairs. We are working toward becoming a physically accessible space in the future.

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Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice
173 James St. N,
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K0

Extended SuperCrawl Hours:
Friday Sept 13: 10am – 10pm
Sat Sept 14: 11am – 8pm
Sun Sept 15: 11am – 4pm

This project is made possible by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.