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In Conversation: Sarah-Tai Black and melannie monoceros discuss the artist’s new project.
Friday, October 8th at 6 pm Saskatoon Time (8 pm EDT)

Curator Sarah-Tai Black and artist melannie monoceros will discuss the tryptic of film-on-video works that comprise “ancestoradio,” situating the expressive qualities that are explored within a wider field of interest, spanning monoceros’ visual and literary practice. This wide-ranging conversation will also grapple with contemporary social and political issues that come to bear on the work. Following the conversation there will be an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions and offer commentary.

Artist Bio:
melannie gayle monoceros is a poet and artist exploring polysensory production through text/ile, performance, and installation. A Black and chronically ill creator, they are currently based in Treaty 1 / Winnipeg, MB, home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota, and Oji-Cree Nations. They have read and performed at Drop the Mic (Winnipeg, MB 2019), This is Not a Sentence (Paoli, IN 2018), Republic of Inclusion (Ottawa, ON 2017), and at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON 2016). monoceros is a VONA fellow (Berkeley, CA 2014) and has since been awarded grants from the Canada, Manitoba, Ontario, and Toronto Arts Councils. melannie has been a guest lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Concordia University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, and Yukon College School of Visual Art. melannie’s writing has appeared in magazines such as Recenter Press Journal, Contemporary Verse2, This, Make/Shift, Shameless, and The Peak as well as the When Language Runs Dry zine. In 2019 melannie’s work appeared at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK) and MAWA/Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (Winnipeg, MB). Also in 2019, melannie was awarded the JRG Emerging Artist Award for their continued pursuit of integrating technology and accessibility through film via their series a n c e s t o r a d i o. In 2020 melannie’s work was featured at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg); Window Gallery (Winnipeg); the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon). //

Curator Bio:
Sarah-Tai Black is an arts curator, critic, and film programmer from Treaty 13 Territory/Toronto. Their curatorial work has been staged at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Canada) and Toronto’s A Space Gallery and they have spoken about arts culture, film, and moving image arts in their many forms as a guest of the National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Art. They were recently the Interim Artistic Director at PAVED Arts.

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