Signed with Love and Rage
Neighbourhood Time Exchange (NTE) Residency, Lheidli T’enneh Territory | Prince George, BC
Curated by Justin Langlois, Collaborative program initiated by Emily Carr University of Art+Design and Downtown Prince George
I was invited to participate in an artist residency program based on the concept of time banking. For this month-long residency, I was partnered with Downtown Prince George, a business improvement association. Working in the NTE downtown studio located on unceeded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, the project asked what love in downtown means to the community members that live and spend time in the downtown, particularly those whose voices are not always considered. The resulting work became an intervention into “Love Downtown PG”, a Downtown Prince George initiative aimed to support local and independent businesses in Prince George. The studio became a space to recognize how the past affects the present and how histories of Indigenous dispossession and colonial violence are acknowledged, represented, felt, and understood in downtown PG. A series of events and gatherings including live music, archival photographs, engagements with texts, new stories, and postcards were presented. Meetings were held in the space to discuss the future of the studio space after the residency. During the residency, Downtown Prince George revealed new signs that welcomed people into the city. There was discussion on what should be written in the blank area. This photograph offers one possibility.
Thank you to Roanne Whitticase, Jennifer Annaïs Pighin, Edie Frederick, Demmy G, Other Jesus, Shearing Pinx, Jeremy Stewart, Khast'an Drummers, Danny Bell, Antonia Mills, The Fire Pit, Active Support Against Poverty, Nusdeh Yoh Elementary, Trelle Morrow, and many others that made the discussions, music, and events possible.