imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2021 and Online Art Crawl


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Presents The Annual Art Crawl

Featuring Five Visual Art Exhibitions +
Special Exhibition: Still Indian?

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the visual art exhibitions as part of the 22nd Annual Festival from October 19-24, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. imagineNATIVE’s annual Art Crawl will take place online on Wednesday, October 20 and will be hosted by critically acclaimed poet/author Joshua Whitehead, a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). Co-presented by Indigenous Curatorial Collective, this edition of the Art Crawl will feature visual art exhibitions at five Toronto galleries.

imagineNATIVE is also pleased to announce the special exhibition Still Indian?, a film and conversation program produced in collaboration with SAVAC and Reel Asian, October 20 – November 19, 2021. The program highlights Ali Kazimi’s 1997 film Shooting Indians – A Journey with Jeffery Thomas and a moderated conversation between filmmaker Ali Kazimi and Iroquois photographer Jeff Thomas. The program closes with Reel Asian’s 2021 Canadian Artist Spotlight featuring Ali Kazimi, celebrating over three decades of his vital contributions to Canadian media.

The Art Crawl is a guided exhibition tour featuring curatorial and artist talks and performances with insightful and dynamic art from around the globe world including:

  • Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens, and Intimacies II curated by Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi at A Space Gallery. Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens, and Intimacies II spans 2013–2021 and focuses attention on artists Christopher Ulutupu, DB Amorin, Isi, Louisa Afoa, Pelenakeke Brown, and Talia Smith. These works process colonial displacement and diaspora, as well as embodied visual and performative languages.
  • STTLMNT IS NOT HERE produced in collaboration with STTLMNT, Trinity Square Video, and imagineNATIVE at Trinity Square Video. STTLMNT IS NOT HERE practices Indigenization through an evolved artist strategy of occupation (digital and physical). Featuring work by Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota), Raven Chacon (Dine’), Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Tania Willard (Secwépemc), and Dayna Danger (Métis/Saulteaux/Polish).
  • Digital Indigiqueer: Trans Transmedia curated by Hex Fey (Lakota) at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Digital Indigiqueer is a collection of works by transgender Indigenous transmedia artists Elijah Forbes (Odawa), Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee/Seneca/Cayuga/Comanche), and Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe). While one goal was spotlighting and lifting artists in an often overlooked demographic, another was creating community and building networks between transgender artists.
  • Suviittuq! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ • Can’t be helped/Too bad! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ by Kablusiak (Inuvialuk) at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. This installation is Kablusiak’s attempt at working through their family’s experience with residential schools, the idea of trauma tourism, and managing discomfort with absurdity.
  • Stories Are In Our Bones by Janine Windolph (Cree/Atikamekw) at Gallery 44. Stories Are In Our Bones (2019) is a short film centred around Janine Windolph taking her young sons fishing with their kokum, a residential school survivor who retains deep knowledge of the land. For both women, passing on traditional practices to the boys is an act of resistance. Gallery 44 invited Windolph and her sons to reflect on their experiences of the film in two commissioned pieces of writing.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.

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The annual imagineNATIVE Art Crawl, co-presented by Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA) will be hosted by critically acclaimed poet/author Joshua Whitehead, a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). This edition of the Art Crawl will be a 2-part edition.

Part 1
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7 pm

Joshua Whitehead will guide audiences through an exhibition tour featuring artist talks, performances, and the world premiere of newly completed videos from exhibitions at 5 local galleries in the Toronto area.

Part 2
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5 pm ET

Join Joshua as they host the first-ever ICCA x imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl Speed Networking Extravaganza!

We are so excited to have you join us at the ICCA and imagineNATIVE Art Crawl Speed Networking Extravaganza! This is a fun opportunity for Indigenous Arts Professionals to meet and discuss their art practices, projects, and the exhibitions featured in the 2021 imagineNATIVE Art Crawl. This is a safe and accepting event that hopes to bring like-minded individuals together to discuss, and maybe even enact, some Indigenous creative excellence. We hope you have a great time!

Registration is required. To sign-up email


About The Host
Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate, lecturer, and Killam scholar at the University of Calgary where he studies Indigenous literature and cultures with a focus on gender and sexuality. He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press 2018) which was long-listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and won the CBC Canada Reads competition. Whitehead is premiering his newly edited anthology, Love after the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction.