FLUX MEDIA GALLERY, Victoria BC – Oct 10 – Nov 1
by Christine Clark
Written in My Blood is a 2016 film by Steven Davies (Coast Salish and European ancestry), in collaboration with Jeanette Kotowich (Cree Métis), Dani Zaviceanu (Romanian-Canadian) and Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk Nation). Identity is important to his work because Davies uses his filmmaking and his media art as a means to create better understanding of Indigenous histories and ways of being.
Davies’ work is described as community driven. He tells stories of people shaking o the obliteration of colonialism with strength and pride. The Re-naming of PKOLS, for instance, was an early film in which Davies documented the story of the WSÁNEC people who organized to bring back the traditional name of their sacred mountain (known to most residents of Victoria as Mount Doug).
Steven Davies was named a recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art Video in 2017. He is completing a master’s of fi ne arts at the University of British Columbia this year. He also participated this summer in a group show, Estuary, at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, where he and Tania Willard (of the Secwepemc Nation) created an installation / exploration of eelgrass in the Nanaimo River estuary.
Written in My Blood is a thrilling three-minute experiment in fi lm, dance and sound. Choreographed and performed by dance and performing artist Jeanette Kotowich, this is a hyperstylish marriage of the traditional and contemporary. The film ends with a shot of a woman’s hand, bright with orange nail polish, brushing through a stand of camas flowers.
Opening reception Oct 11, 7pm