Bridge Meditations: following women and birds across rail bridges in Winnipeg

This photographic and video work was recently created during Wood Land School, Summer Institute at Plug In ICA, and follows the movement of woman and birds across the Louise, Arlington and Slaw Rebchuck bridges in Winnipeg. Bridge Meditations, initially inspired by Daphne Odjig's Thunderbird Woman, looks to investigate the bridge and the bird as they relate to transformation, strength and multiplicity. Using walking as a methodology, this new body of work raises questions about our experience of bird and bridge and the movement between them. When I look at Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman, I see her shifting and changing. I see her strength. I am very inspired by her transformation and I am also curious how Odjig depicts her shift between two bodies; two worlds; two perspectives, while at the same time Thunderbird Woman is cohesive and strong. I am prompted to ask: how do indigenous and settler paths intertwine and crossover when there are different value systems, politics and relationships with the land? I ask: how is reconciliation possible? I look again and she reminds me that it is. This work moves to open up a conversation about (de)-colonization, investigating safe spaces/sacred spaces and re-contextual daily movement.

Thank you to Videographer Peatr Thomas.

Installation at Wood Land School, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, MB, August, 2016