Jeannie Mah, Train: Les Arrivées, 2013, porcelain with photocopy transfers and underglazes, mirror, overhead projectors, and video. Photo by Don Hall.
Join the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Briarpatch Magazine, for the digital launch of a special publication, created in conjunction with the exhibition Human Capital.
Featuring new commissions and pieces from the Briarpatch‘s publication archive, the digital publication seeks to expand conversations around Canada’s immigration policy, and issues of migrant’s justice. Articles in the publication are by Syed Hussan, Maya Menezes, Zviko Mhakayakora, Gwendolyn Muir , Tak Pham, and a round-table discussion facilitated by Decolonizing Relations.
The publication is co-edited by Saima Desai, Editor, Briarpatch Magazine, and Tak Pham, Assistant Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery. The publication is designed by Emmie Tsumura with artwork contributions from Emily McGratten and Derek Chow.
The publication launch on January 14 will feature a panel discussion with participation from: Gabriel Allahdua – a former migrant farm worker and now an organizer with the collective, Justice for Migrant Workers. Andrew Stevens – Regina City Councillor for Ward 3 and an associate professor at the University of Regina. Stevens teaches and researches in the areas of labour relations, collective bargaining, sociology of work and political economy. Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway – A fashion and textile designer, visual artist, beader, storyteller and co-founder of the Buffalo People Arts Institute. She comes from a long line of Buffalo hunters and is Nakota/Cree/Saulteaux from the White Bear First Nations – signatory to Treaty 4. She has degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and Mathematics from the First Nations University of Canada.
The panel will followed by a reading performance of For the Dreamers by erica hiroko isomura, winner of Briarpatch‘s Writing in the Margin contest 2019.
erica hiroko isomura – A writer and multi-disciplinary artist living on unceded and occupied territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh nations (Vancouver, BC). Her writing won Briarpatch’s Writing In The Margins contest for creative non-fiction and appears in Canadian literary magazines and publications.