WATCH NOW – NO I.D. Required Panel Discussion

WATCH NOW – NO I.D. Required Panel Discussion

WATCH NOW – NO I.D. Required Panel Discussion

NO I.D. Required Panel Discussion w. Jason Baerg, Chanelle Lajoie, Jessie Short, and curator Liz Barron. Moderated by Jack Saddleback.

A panel about Two-Spirited Identity and Artistic Expression.

Recorded Saturday, November 6th at 7pm Saskatoon time (8pm in Winnipeg, 9pm in Toronto)

NO I.D. required considers how Indigenous two-spirit artists are presenting the future within the context of their present and their past while revealing ways of thinking about what is to be. NO I.D. required brought together Indigenous artist from Canada to explore visual media stories within the context of two-spirit diaspora.

More about the exhibition

Jessie Short
Jessie Ray Short is an artist, filmmaker and independent curator of Métis, Ukrainian and German descent. Jessie Ray’s practice involves uncovering connections between a myriad of topics that interest her, including, but not limited to, space and time, Indigenous and settler histories, Métis visual culture, personal narratives, spiritual and scientific belief systems, parallel universes, electricity, aliens and non-human being(s). Jessie Ray explores these topics using mediums such as film and video, performance art, finger weaving, sewing, writing and curating. She has been invited to show her work nationally and internationally, including at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City, Art Mûr Berlin (a satellite exhibition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial/BACA) in Germany, and at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. Jessie Ray is deeply grateful to be based in oskana kâ-asastêki or Pile of Bones (also known as Regina) in Treaty 4 territory.

Chanelle Lajoie
Chanelle Lajoie is a Queer Métis multi-disciplinary artist from Treaty 1 Territory honoring, engaging, and amplifying the voices of the communities to which they belong through storytelling in the form of printmaking, photography, and moving-image. Their ties to community are best witnessed in recent projects Métis Femme Bodies (2018) and Lavender Menace (2020) which explore Indigi-queer identity and femininity. Chanelle has participated in MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program (2020-21) which prepared them for moving- image projects: GrandMother/Tongue, with Toronto Queer Film Festival’s DIY Lab Mentorship Program (2020-21) and Bison Hunt, with ImagineNATIVE’s Doc Salon Fellowship as part of the European Film Market (2021). They recently attended Harbour Collective’s Meech Lake Residency (August 2021), completing moving- image project Land (Ab)Use.

Jason Baerg
Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He currently is teaching as the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Baerg has adjudicated numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council. For more information about his work, please visit

Liz Barron, Curator
Liz Barron, Metis, is one of three founders of Urban Shaman Gallery, an artist-run centre devoted to Indigenous contemporary art, in Winnipeg. Barron has been working in the Indigenous arts for more than 25 years and explores the gap between Indigenous art and cultural connections. Her artistic and research practice centers on identity, place and visibility / invisibility with a focus on colonized language on identity. She maintains her emerging curatorial practice and past projects include programing for moving image festivals. She was part of the management team for Plug In ICA’s Close Encounters: The Next 500 years, the largest Canadian exhibition of International Indigenous artists in 2011.

Jack Saddleback
Jack Saddleback (he/him) is a proud Nehiyaw (Cree) Two Spirit / IndigiQueer, trans, gay man from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta, and is OUTSaskatoon’s Cultural & SHOUT Project Coordinator. As an internationally renowned public speaker, activist, equity champion, and former President for the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU); Jack is a staunch advocate for Two Spirit topics, mental health, Indigenous engagement, equitable policies, and social stewardship.

Image: Jessie Short, “Wake Up!” (video still), image courtesy of the artist.


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