Sarah Gignac, Halifax, April 2-30
Sarah Gignac is a filmmaker and writer based in Halifax. Her work weaves highly stylized elements into everyday life to evoke a sense of magical realism and fantasy.
She is using her time with the KIAC Residency to create a visual style for her new film, Gone Town – the story of an unwanted woman trying to solve the mystery of her disappearing city.
Sarah is committed to telling stories that are often overlooked or misrepresented. She believes that stories have the power to connect people and change minds, and wants to spend her life finding and sharing tales people might not otherwise encounter.
She also really, really loves sushi. And making things with bright colours.
Sarah will screen two short films during the film festival and discuss her exploration of magical realism in filmmaking.
Nick Kozak, Toronto, March 1-April 14
Kozak (b. 1982) is a freelance photojournalist whose current work is focused on
of community and identity, their inseparability and constant state of flux. He explores
communities that are displaced, marginalized, and/or those carving out new social
spaces out of necessity or a desire to redefine a collective identity. His
curiosity is combined
with a keen eye, innate sensitivity and desire for greater social awareness. By nurturing
relationships with communities and placing a great importance on learning from
the people he photographs, Nick is able to create intimate pictures that tell informative stories.
Nick will spend
the month of March, 2017, developing a photographic
story-telling project while volunteering as a photographer with the Klondike
Sun in Dawson City as well as working with the CFYT Community Radio Station. He
also hopes to involve himself and his camera with the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation. As a visiting photographer
Nick hopes to contribute a fresh eye to the stories in Dawson. By working
alongside members of the community he hopes to find out what life is really
like in town. Nick’s photographs will be a testament to his learning about both
the important issues of the day and what residents are most proud of.
Virginia Mitford, Mayo, March 1-31, April 15-30
Virginia Mitford is an emerging artist who
divides her time between Newfoundland and the Yukon. Her childhood spent
on a remote trapline in the Yukon with her family and dog-team has had a huge
influence on her art practice. Working with a variety of media, namely
printmaking, dancing and drawing, she examines her own personal history within
broader concepts of feminism, uncertainty and change. She uses the processes
and actions involved in making art as a tool to orient herself within an
overwhelming store of emotion, experience and memory, while attempting to look
to the present as a renewed source of meaning. Graduating from Memorial
University with a BFA in 2013, Virginia has since taken part in multiple artist
residencies in Montreal and across Newfoundland. She is excited to be back in
the Yukon for the the KIAC residency, as well as the Chilkoot Trail Residency
later in the summer.
Let Myself (Go) is a recent body of work that approaches nostalgia and
feminism with humour and discomfort. Through the act of revisiting and
reclaiming the way Virginia presents herself through clothing and movement,
this watercolour and performance project works to untangle convoluted emotions
with respect to body image and childhood. During this residency, she will be
working on watercolour self portraits that document the re-wearing of childhood
outfits and as well as present day clothing choices scrounged from around
MacCaulay House. Virginia also plans to use this residency as an opportunity to
incorporate more performative actions into her practice, by spending time in
her studio and elsewhere awkwardly recreating and relearning a dance rehearsal
from age thirteen.
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