A Woman Walking (the City Limits)
A Woman Walking (the City Limits), 2016
14 Photographs, archival inkjet prints, 27.94 x 86.36 cm, Video, Risograph
Collection of Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Performance commissioned by M:ST Performative Arts Festival.
The city of Calgary is located in Treaty 7 region, the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
What bodies move alongside, within, and outside of the designated city boundaries? Who inhabits the spaces along the city limits? How is the border of Calgary inscribed on the land and felt in space? For M:ST 8, I created a walking project in an attempt to trace the limits of the city of Calgary on foot, covering a distance of over 174 km. The Google map developed by the City of Calgary became a virtual guide. Without sanctioned pathways or access points, the boundaries of the city are often experienced from a distance, from a vehicle, or not at all. While the city limit runs alongside roads and highways, it also demarcates the border along Tsuu T’ina Nation 145, dips and crosses both The Bow and Elbow rivers, runs directly along the Bearspaw Dam, moves across private property, farmlands, and sinks into ponds. This work was first presented at The New Gallery in partnership with M:ST Performative Arts Festival and toured as a solo exhibition through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX programs (2017-2019) to various locations in Alberta, curated by Shannon Bingeman.