Dylan Miner Collaborative Residency
The RCMP Heritage Centre is pleased to host the Dylan Miner Collaborative Residency Project in our lobby from January 23 to February 20, 2017. This art installation is on loan from Regina’s Mackenzie and Dunlop art galleries.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery, in partnership with the Dunlop Art Gallery, invited Michigan-based artist Dylan Miner to create this featured art installation with Regina artists and community participants. During the collaborative five-week residency, which began in May of 2016, Dylan Miner worked directly with four local artists, each engaging a community group in the creation of a collaborative low-rider bike, a continuation of his well-known Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) series. The four local artists in the project are Keith Bird, Eagleclaw Thom, Katherine Boyer, and Stacey Fayant. The four community partners include Mother Theresa Middle School, Kitchener Community School, Regina Public Library-Albert Branch, and the North Central Community Association.
“Drawing on the importance of hip hop within the urban Native community, the lowrider bicycle serves as an ideal site of investigation since it allows youth collaborators to bring pre-existing knowledge to an intergenerational collaboration…The lowrider bicycles became the impetus to explore issues of migration, mobility, labor, economics, and community history. Of specific importance was our desire to merge Native youth culture with traditional stories, knowledge, and artmaking. This project evokes the bicycle as a (post)modern evocation of the Red River cart (li michifsharey), a common and important marker of Métis identity and communal livelihood.” (Dylan Miner, artist statement)
Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in collaboration with the Dunlop Art Gallery with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, and University of Regina.
ABOUT DYLAN MINER
Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions – with many more planned in the near future – and has been artist-in-residence or visiting artist at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn). In 2016, Miner has had solo exhibitions in Ontario and Vancouver, conducted a workshop in Chile, done a residency at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and exhibited work in Sweden and at the Banff Centre.
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