AA304, Arts & Administration Building, U of T Scarborough
  • February 1, 2023 - 1 – 2 pm

Artist Talk by Nishina Shapwaykeesic-Loft

Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2022-2023: Working Towards Indigenous Sovereignty, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Nishina Shapwaykeesic-Loft is a Kanien’kehá:ka woman from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, with an art practice spaning a wide spectrum of mediums. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from York University in Theatre Production and Design. She works within the theatre industry with a specialization in costuming. Her past works include the Costume Designer/Coordinator for The Way of The World, An Octaroon, Phyllis Wheatley Creation, The Marriage of Figaro, African Cargo and Olaudah Equiano Creation.

Nishina is a mural artist working within the city as a member of the RUN Collective. An installation piece was just installed at Queen St. for the “High Praises” Project which features the Kanien’kehá:ka language. She worked with StART as a project coordinator for multiple projects and as an artist for the Richmond Street Cycle Track Barrier Project. She currently works at imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival in Operations. She continues to grow within her field and explore new opportunities.

This talk is free and open to the public, all are welcome. Registration required. If you have accommodation needs, please let us know through the registration form or contact dmg.utsc@utoronto.ca.

U of T Scarborough students attending for course credit should register through CLNx rather than Eventbrite. See https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/upcoming-events for more details.

This talk is part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery & Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough. This semester's series addresses Indigenous sovereignty, a long-established statement of Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. By working towards autonomy and recognition as sovereign authority of the land, Indigenous sovereignty works to undo colonial narratives and assumptions of land ownership here in what is now called Canada. Each of us play a role in this goal, with much of the work beginning in an education on what Indigenous sovereignty looks like and how we can work towards it. For VALS 2022-2023, we will learn from Indigenous artists on how this work is manifested through their respective practices.

This is a seated event. AA304 is wheelchair accessible.