Announcing UNO Fest Online! Gemini will be presented as a part of the Week 1 online offerings. You can see a video of this brand new site specific show, filmed outdoors specifically for UNO Fest, and join Lindsay for a free Facebook Live on May 3.
Gemini is a performance that expresses archetypal aspects of human personality.
Using land environment and indigenous expressions of culture, through; drum, song, ritual. This piece came forward after a wind storm had knocked down a tree in my backyard.
I began interpreting this experience as an offering.
Creating from change while transmuting cathartic gestures for the purpose of raising awareness is the purpose of creating Gemini.
Self awareness of my strengths and weaknesses, becoming humble and praying for insight.
Gemini urges one to look deeper into their origin story, birthplace and relationship to cosmology.
About the artist:
My name is Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde, I am a Kanienke’haka woman from Kahnawake. For the past 13 years I have been a grateful, active and contributing guest on Lekwungen territory, Victoria, BC. I hold a Masters degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in the Indigenous Communities Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Victoria. I held the position as the first Indigenous artist in Residence from 2017-2019 and currently the Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator for the Fine Arts Department at UVIC. My areas of research are Contemporary and Traditional First Nations visual art, Indigenous theatre and performance practices, expressive arts therapy examining decolonial methodologies in art.
My artistic practice focuses on Indigenous theatre, land-based/site-specific performance art, collaborative practice, cultural resurgence and social/political activism through the arts. My artistic media include photography, performance/theatre, movement/dance and visual studio arts.
My journey as an artist over the past two years has focused on collaborative practice and collaborative performances that reflect on reconciliation as a participatory action that involves bearing Witness and observation that puts discussions of perspectives and values into action. I have sought to take a critical stand regarding how art contributes to reconciliation. I have explored reconciliation through working with non- Indigenous and Indigenous groups of people to co-create artworks that symbolized unity, integration and respect. During my Indigenous artist in residence for the city of Victoria, I created 18 diverse collaborative projects and have contributed to the larger discourse regarding decolonization in the arts, reconciliation and Indigenous art practice and protocols.