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September 19-23, 2019
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street (between Queen and Dundas West)

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FALLON SIMARD is an Anishinaabe artist and filmmaker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 Territory. Their work examines state violence perpetrated on to Indigenous bodies within a context of colonialism. Their work looks at intersections of land, extraction, mental health, and violence. https://reterritorialization.wixsite.com/simardproductions

lwrds (pronounced ‘lords’) is an interdisciplinary artist developing critically-engaged work that celebrates and centers the liberation of 2-Spirit, non-binary, queer, trans, intersex, Black, Indigenous, racialized, and invisibilized peoples everywhere. lwrds’ work responds to their personal journey of healing sexual trauma at the intersections of gender variance, blackness and indigeneity (complicated by an imposed latinidad they reject due to its colonial underpinnings), and disability for reasons of neurodivergence and chronic illness. A born storyteller with a deep commitment to healing personal and collective traumas, their material approach is an intuitive process of learning with other non-human beings, valuing energetic exchanges with all that exists.

MEGAN FEHELEY is a two spirit/non-binary/ililiw (Moose Cree)/settler interdisciplinary artist and curator living and working out of Toronto. They are currently working towards their BFA in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University, and work predominantly in sculpture/installation, beadwork, textiles, painting and video. Megan is passionate about resurgent practices, language revitalization, working with materials that connect them to their homeland, and exploring Indigenous and queer futurity. They really, really like tea. During their time as co-president of the Indigenous Student Association (ISA) at OCAD University, Megan has been a core organizer of initiatives to support and uplift emerging Indigenous artists, as well as an advocate for equitable education and community centred practices. As part of their work with the ISA, they have also co-curated 4 exhibitions: Arrive:Tewá:ko-Dagoshin-Otiacicoh- Takoshin-Bagamaawaniidiwag, Terra Incognita, Flux Refusal and Between Ice and Earth. Their current projects include curatorial work as well as ongoing experimental installation work. https://meganfeheley.format.com/ and @sakihitisowin

SHERI OSDEN NAULT is an artist of Métis and mixed European descent. Situated within personal and political contexts, their art practice and research are grounded in queer, feminist, and Indigenous world-views. They strive to elicit a sense of social and ecological responsibility and intimacy on a damaged planet, recently focusing on connections between bodies, sexuality, and nature. They received an MFA from York University in 2017 and their BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Entangled Bodies at the Art Gallery of York University; art(i f)ACTS curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan; Where the Weather Happens at the Niagara Artists Centre; A lost syllable for ‘I’ that does not mean separate at LEFT Contemporary; Li Salay at the Art Gallery of Alberta; I Will Survive at Alta Art Space and Galleri CC in Malmö, Sweden, and Fix Your Hearts or Die at the Art Gallery of Alberta. They were a member of the 2017 (postponed to 2018 due to flooding) cohort of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, on Toronto Island. Other notable projects include producing work for the Alberta Printmakers’ Society and Calgary's Nuit Blanche in 2014; presenting on a panel at the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s 2014 Colloquium; and blogging for both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Mountain: Standard Time 7 performance art festival. https://www.sherinault.com/

SID DRMAY is a nonbinary queer artist who grew up online. Their work aims to mix the world wide web with the offline world through textiles, screenprinting and zines. They are based in Hamilton where their two cats get in the way of everything they make.

YAHN NEMIROVSKY is an artist and craft educator pursuing a BFA in Textiles at OCAD University. They work primarily in stitching, print media, and book binding. Yahn is currently finishing up their summer role as Education Assistant at the Textile Museum of Canada, and has also worked with the Museum as a workshop facilitator for the Community Voices program, teaching a stitching workshop with the theme of Personal Archiving for the youth at Triangle Program, the country's only 2SLGBTQIA+ High School. Yahn has shown with the Bi Arts Festival since its beginning in 2017. https://www.yahnemirovsky.com/

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