Mapping Identities: A Decolonizing Arts Practice Project
Image by Karen Asher
Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery. Winnipeg, MB.
Mentoring Artist Praba Pilar with Art works from the youth of Ndinawe Transitional School. March 18 - April 16, 2016
In Mapping Identity: A Decolonizing Arts Practices Project, we share the process and art works created during a youth art workshop designed and led by Colombian Mestiza interdisciplinary artist Praba Pilar. Developed with Becca Taylor of Urban Shaman Aboriginal Arts Gallery and supported by Ndinawe Youth Resource Center in the North End of Winnipeg, we wanted to provide a space for urban Aboriginal youth to reflect on who and where they are so as to imagine more creatively where they can go, to rupture stereotypical ideas, and to lend the youth the opportunity to be understood on their own terms. We explored artistic concepts of mapping of identity, working through mind maps, land maps, conceptual maps, collage and digital media to construct maps of their histories, their current lives, their family and friends, their community and their migration. Ultimately, we want to build knowledge of community constructed strategies to develop agency, resilience and strength in urban Aboriginal youth by creating artwork that opens up a richer expression and a fuller understanding.