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C Magazine

Autumn 2020

C Magazine provides rigorous and thought-provoking coverage of contemporary art practices in Canada and internationally. Publishing culturally engaged essays and reviews by both new and established writers, as well as artists’ projects, C Magazine is widely recognized as an essential platform for critical debate about contemporary art.

Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
C The Visual Arts Foundation
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
miinakii and me

In this collaborative artist project, Faye HeavyShield and Lauren Crazybull have created new work through intergenerational conversation, exchange, and kinship. Calling out and responding to each other in turn, the resulting works reflect the many ways in which all things are connected: berries, ancestors, Prairie grass, time, stories, relations, ceremony. All part of a wildly complex and beautiful form of gathering, the form of gathering that is life, itself. Faye HeavyShield: I work with the idea of temporality and how time can shift. Time can’t be tied, and neither can our connections to our environment and our history—these things remain a part of us. Niitsitapi have always gathered food, for sustenance, for medicine, and for ceremony. In this pandemic, even though some things are not as physically possible as before, that…

5 min.
letters

Dear C Mag, The last issue spoke to something I’ve been thinking about often: that one of the most effective ways to neuter a destructive force is to laugh at its desperate fervour to harm. I think about the New York artist Betty Tompkins who turns crowd-sourced submissions of the cruel things men say to women into carefully rendered paintings and drawings. Divorced from their original contexts, violent phrases like “You are a dumb bitch” become neutered and bizarre. Similarly, the Hong Kong video artist Wong Ping uses gallows humour in his brightly coloured, jovial animations to critique the complexities of an increasingly authoritarian society. Even as freedoms of expression in his city have drastically diminished, Wong’s work functions as a trojan horse with potential to slip under the radar. I…

9 min.
gather

The story of this issue begins with the provisional confluence of C Magazine and a committee of the Alberta Association of Artist-run Centres (AAARC) who have spent more than two years planning a gathering called Lands to Travel Through (LTTT) in partnership with the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA). Following an early April editorial advisory meeting, it became clear on C’s end that the shifts brought on by the pandemic and the groundswell of Black Lives Matter activism would come to have inextricable influence on the formation of the Autumn issue: specifically, the paradox of so urgently, vitally, needing to convene, during a time with unparalleled restrictions on gathering. Scheduled for August 2020 in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, LTTT was to address many facets of artist-centred organizing, including a focus on resources:…

3 min.
alongside underbrush

Glossary Alongside: The contingent act of joining with one another in mutual aid, solidarity, and support. Non-reducible to shared conditions. From the vulgar translation of wîcew-. Belong: Our long belonged longing. Gathering Otherwise: “We long for the otherwise, the otherwise than this situation, this truth, this reality. But longing for the otherwise, we also dig into memory: how did these tears get here?” (See Ashon Crawley, “Otherwise, Ferguson”) Individuated Man: A figure emerges from the enclosure of the commons: the highly regulated Self. Mediated by institutions. See Patriarch, Cop, Boss, Master, Landlord. iskwew: Woman; prophesier of the future. See also iskotew, amisk, miskinâhk. Italics: From late Middle English “Italian,” connoting difference and foreignness in relation to empire. Out of place in Treaty 6 territory. We choose not to italicize nehiyawewin because it is not out of…

11 min.
câhcacêp art & tea house: a conversation with jerry saddleback and jo-ann saddleback

Câhcacêp: a Cree word that means a little bit of everything. When elders speak with us, even when telling specific stories, it is also about everything. In this conversation, Jerry Saddleback and Jo-Ann Saddleback tell us about Câhcacêp Art & Tea House, the space they recently opened in Edmonton wherein they host exhibitions, bow-making workshops, Cree language classes, and more. Here, they generously share their thinking about how to cultivate gathering spaces that are meaningful, educational, self-determined, and grounding for a wide variety of participants, focusing on the activities in and around this new space that’s been in the making for several decades. The Saddlebacks elegantly illuminate the importance of intentionality in all aspects of life, including artistic practice, and how the pandemic generatively reframes, renews, and refreshes intent in…

10 min.
my words will heal you: on rise edutainment

Randell Adjei’s wide, toothy grin fills the screen. “Hello, hello everybody! If you don’t know, my name’s Randell—” He interrupts his own introduction with a constant string of enthusiastic interjections. “Hello Emily! How y’all doin? Allison! I see you Maya G! Stretch is in the building!” With eyes shut, one could easily imagine he was up on a stage while a stream of exuberant spectators filled the room, all regulars he knew intimately, of course. In reality, it’s a one-way conversation, limited by the restrictive social parameters of Instagram live-streaming. The people tuning in, introduced by a quick flash of their Instagram handles, are not in the room with Adjei, but his warmth permeates through the glitchy, technological disconnect. As the director of community arts collective Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) Edutainment, this is…