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My Grandma Was More Punk Than I’ll Ever Be, Whess Harman Artist Talk at aceartinc.

  • aceartinc. 290 McDermot Avenue, 2nd Floor Winnipeg Canada (map)

In Whess Harman’s on-going series of work Indigenous Punk, they work to rearrange, accumulate and deconstruct the understanding of punk and hardcore through an Indigenous perspective that undermines coloniality, masculinity and enforced heterosexuality, reframing “punk” by examining what it reproduces and subverting it without the fear of performing perfection. In Harman’s work, they aim to not equate Machismo with Resistance and look instead to use the works as a way of reconsidering the perimeters of wealth; calling to the wealth of one’s identity, the healing in communities through embracing diverse gender expressions and the validation of recognizing oneself in others through the shared refusals, righteous anger, stinging despairs and transcendent joys of making and reclaiming space from within marginalized identities. Punk is a declarative with a creative license and restorative power in places where voices have been otherwise silenced and there is nothing more punk than staking a claim in one’s Indigeniety in a position against empire.

Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.