way home (2017)

Content note: anti-Blackness, abuse, abandonment, homelessness, physical violence.

Artist Statement/Film Synopsis

way home is an atmospheric visual and auditory landscape through which the artist shares deeply resonant poetry woven from love, pain and longing at the intersection. As we travel with the artist, we are brought on a revealing journey with tender memories of play, grief, abandonment, resilience and various other dissonant emotions the concept of home can invoke for Black folks in the diaspora.


Length:
6m 17s
Written, directed and produced:

Lynx Sainte-Marie
Starring
M: Blamo
Lynx: Themselves
Audio Descriptions: Ciel Sainte-Marie
Stock footage:
BeckHusen (Pond5)
Konstantin (Pond5)
MisDirectedMedia (Pond5)
romahau (Pond5)
Music: NikRuboRes (Pond5)

Behind a gate, cars drive past on a road. Their headlights beam. The caption reads,
From “way home – ii: look for me”
De-focused headlights in the background. The caption reads,
From “way home – iii: on my way”

 

 

Exhibitions & Installations

2018, November 8, Toronto, CA. The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexuality Studies.
Sick Theories: On Sickness & Sexuality.

2018, January 5, Toronto, CA. Gladstone Hotel.
Long Winter Inter-Arts Festival.

2017, October 19-22, Amsterdam, NL.
Radical Queer Resistance (formerly known as Queeristan)

2017, September 30, London, CA.  London Fringe Theatre Festival.
Nuit Blanche London.

Film Festival Screenings

(forthcoming) 2019, March 9, New York City, US. Anthology Film Archives.
NYC Feminist Film Week.

2018, November 3, Toronto, CA. OCAD University.
Toronto Queer Film Festival.

2018, Sept 19, Winnipeg, CA. Winnipeg Cinematheque.
WNDX 2018 Festival of Moving Image.

2018, April 26, Los Angeles, US. PAM Residencies.
The Film and Video Poetry Symposium – The Shadow Blocks.

2018, March 25, Winnipeg, MB. The Park Theatre.
IOU Video Festival.

2018, March 9, Chicago, US. Columbia College Chicago.
Chicago Feminist Film Festival.

2017, September 14. Arad, RO. Cinema ARTA.
Media Art Festival Arad.

General Screenings

2018, April 27, London, UK. Hackney Downs Studios.
The Batty Mama.

2017, November 24, Mississauga, CA. Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM).
On the Queer Screen: Lynx Sainte-Marie and Rah.

2017, September 5, Toronto, CA. Planned Parenthood Toronto LGBTQ Youth Initiative.
QT / BIPOC Shorts.

2017, August 18, Montreal, CA. Casa del Popolo.
Hotwire: A Night of Performance and Video.

2017, June 14, London, CA. London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) & Tangled Arts + Disability – Forest City Gallery.
Tangled London: Mediations – Media + Activism

Performances

2017, August 1, Toronto, CA. Life of a Craphead – Double Double Land.
Featured Performer: Doored #30.

Presentations

2018, February 11, Winnipeg, MB. Winnipeg Film Group.
Guest Speaker: Cinepoetry.

 

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

 

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.

M.I.X.E.D Art Conference

The MIXED Art Conference is a multidisciplinary biennial art conference, aiming to co-create an inclusive dialogue about racialized mixed identities and lived realities through an intersectional lens. Using art and critical dialogue as vehicles for social change — through performance and visual art, panel presentations and conversation-style breakout sessions — MIXED explores the ways mixed-raced folks negotiate identity, power dynamics and community-building in their everyday lives.

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Lynx Sainte-Marie stands holding a mic up to their month in one hand, and a tablet in the other. They are wearing a Black blazer, a Black shirt, Black pants and a dark blue and gold bowtie. Their rings are gold and their hair is shaved at the sides. They smile as they look to one side.
Mixed Art Conference (2017). Photo Credit: Shelby Lisk.

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Grants

2017, Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage.
Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program Events Grant.

2015, Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage.
Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program Events Grant.

News

2017, June, Toronto Star, Mixed race isn’t black and white: Paradkar