En/Visions of Blackness: Performances + Artist Talk

*Featured Photo Credit: “King Britt: A Sonic Journey Into AfroFuturism (Podcast)”, Okayfuture.

En/Visions of Blackness was an intimate artist performance space co-organized by Lynx Sainte-Marie and Laura Kruse. It took place on June 12th, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) in the North Education Centre at the University of Alberta.

Showcasing Black artists whose (he)arts are informed by spiritual knowings outside of mainstream narratives of religion/spirituality, this event asked the question, “Is a spiritual practice part and parcel of the Black artistic experience?”

Featured Artists

Jules Nyx
Shima Aisha Robinson aka Dwennimmen

Moderator

Lynx Sainte-Marie

 

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts was a panel presentation presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Organized by Lynx Sainte-Marie, conference advisor for BFNTO, the panel featured three Black artists who identified with having some form of disability and/or chronic illness. Panelists were invited to perform/recite work, and to speak to their artistic practices, the intersection of disability and Blackness and the role art plays in supporting their varied journeys of healing.

Panelists

Whitney French
Jassie Justice
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Gloria Swain

Four Black spoonie panelists look to the camera, with varying faces ranging from big smiles to serious faces. In the foreground, the three spoonies IRL stand closely together, while the fourth spoonie is projected on the screen behind them URL.
From bottom left to right: Gloria Swain, Lynx Sainte-Marie and Jassie Justice. Top: Whitney French.

 

Black Arts, Black Magic

Black Arts, Black Magic was a community panel presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Sponsored by the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) and organized by FAC Outreach Committee Members Lynx Sainte-Marie and Aldeli Alban Reyna, four Black trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming artists were invited to speak about their artistic practice, their ancestral histories and lineages, recite or perform work and discuss how “Black Magic” manifests in their art and everyday lives.

Panelists

Lou Boileau
Lourdes Duniam
Kim Ninkuru
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Geneviève Wallen

Five Black trans/non-binary people, wearing a variety of stylish clothing, look varying ways into the camera.
From the left to right: Kim Ninkuru, Lou Boileau, Lynx Sainte-Marie, Geneviève Wallen and Lourdes Duniam.

Press

2016, July, NOW Magazine, Toronto Conference Wants to Put the Future of Black Women and Non-Binary People in Focus.

Children of O (2015)

Content note: ableism, racism, anti-Blackness, neocolonialism, alcohol consumption, the Medical Industrial Complex.

This piece was created during Project Creative Users‘ 2015 six week disability arts-focused workshop series for artists, non-artists, and community members.

Artist Statement

 Children of O, where invocation meets multimedia visionary art installation, considers a world where disability and spirituality are one in the same.

Many years ago, The Hum began. All satellites, electrical towers and aircrafts fell back to earth. No one knows what The Hum is or where it comes from, but no longer can technologies transmit signals through the air. No matter how hard they try; no matter how much land they burn. This led to chaos as those whose cities were destroyed to recreate the sky technology fought back and were slaughtered by the State.

Now in the Year 432’7 After the Fall (AtF), living in the wastelands farthest away from the violence and desperation of those who continue their quest for the skies, villages of Black folks live interdependently. And the Children of Obatala – crips, disabled folks, mad folks, spoonies – are the Sacred Ones most connected to the spirits and the ancestors.

 

 

Exhibitions

2018, March 3 – March 31, Hamilton, ON. Centre(3) + Factory Media Centre.
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility,  Art and Communication Exhibition Tour.

2018, January 13 – February 10, Toronto, ON. Vtape – 401 Richmond Street (Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space).
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility,  Art and Communication Exhibition Tour.

2017, October 13 – November 11. London, CA. 629 Dundas St. E.
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility,  Art and Communication Exhibition Tour.

2017, June 2 – 4, London, UK. I/Mages of Tomorrow: Envisioning Black Futures, POC
Future, Queer and Trans Futures, Feminist Futures – Goldsmiths, University of London.

2017, May 5 – July 2. Chatham-Kent, CA. Thames Art Gallery.
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility,  Art and Communication Exhibition Tour.

2015, October 3 – 4. Toronto, CA. Nuit Blanche Toronto.
CRIP INTERIORS: Nuit Blanche Edition.

Artist Talks

2017, June 4, London, UK. I/Mages of Tomorrow: Envisioning Black Futures, POC Future, Queer and Trans Futures, Feminist Futures – Goldsmiths, University of London. Presenter: We Are Chosen Ones: The Children of O and a (Re)En|Visioning of Black Disabled Futures

2016, January 30, Toronto, CA. Project Creative Users Think Tank.
Guest Speaker: Artist Talk with Lynx Sainte-Marie

Performances

2016, June 12, Edmonton, CA. University of Alberta.
Co-organizer + Featured Artist + Moderator: En/Visions of Blackness: Performances + Artist Talk

2016, May 14, Halifax, CA. Canadian University Queer Services Conference – Dalhousie University.
Featured Performer: QT2BIPOC Performance Night.

2016, April 30, Toronto, CA. Tangled Art + Disability in partnership with the British Council – The Harbourfront Centre.
Featured Performer: Cripping the Stage: A Disability Arts Cabaret 

Press

2017, August, Red Pepper Magazine, Imagining a future free of oppression.

2016, December, CBC Arts, Magic from the madness: On black disabled activists and artists making change in 2016.

2016, May, Art F City, This is What Accessible, Barrier-Free Curating Looks Like.

2016, May, Canadian Art Magazine, Cripping the Arts: It’s About Time.