Special Screening & Art Exhibit: Lana Gets Her Talk & Losing My Talk

Date: May 18, 2017

Announcing the launch of:
pîkiskwe-speak
A Cross-Canada Touring Art & Film Installation:
An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation
            Featuring:
            Lana Gets Her Talk (DOC Short) by Beth Wishart MacKenzie
            & Losing My Talk (Mixed-Media Sculpture) by Lana Whiskeyjack 
 
With a Special Screening & Art Exhibit
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Metro Cinema at the Garneau (8712 109 Street)
Edmonton, Alberta
Showtime: 7:00 PM
With Musical Performances by
Amanda Lamothe & ASANI
Q & A and Reception to follow
Tickets $12 General / $9 Students & Seniors
Advance Tickets Available at: metrocinema.org
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/634630866726659/
 
Presented by Dreamspeakers Film Festival, Metro Cinema and the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta, as part of the Reconciliation in Focus film series.
 
Film Synopsis: Lana Gets Her Talk (DOC/37min) observes Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack as she works to complete a mixed-media sculpture of a tortured face, the face of her uncle. Lana calls the piece Losing My Talk. This brief study of an artist and her work is a creative medium through which we can come to some understanding of the trauma experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people in the Indian Residential School system (IRS), of its enduring effects on the children of survivors of the IRS, and of one woman’s journey to recover what was lost: dignity, identity, and voice. A story of resilience, Lana’s journey speaks of the power of Indigenous “ways of being” in our time.
 
Art Exhibit: Select works of Lana Whiskeyjack will be on display in the Metro Gallery throughout the month of June with her mixed-media sculpture Losing My Talk featured at the screening on June 8th.
The touring installation, pîkiskwe-speak,is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.” (Canada Council for the Arts Communiqué)