Born Celestial

June 10 – August 13, 2022

Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON

Kaya Joan, Natalie King, Nicole Neidhardt, Celeste Pedri-Spade
Performances by Danielle Boissoneau and Chyler Sewell

The deep impact of colonial harms on Indigenous communities necessitates the emergence of new potentialities.

By using storytelling to collapse the future into the present, Born Celestial imagines unearthed futures beyond settler colonialism where Indigenous knowledge systems thrive. Born Celestial embodies futurities, drawing from human and other-than-human relations, community and familial knowledge, star systems, and Creation stories. Empowering a (re)connection to self and an uplifting of community, Born Celestial inspires healing and hopeful pathways for the seven generations to come.

Artists Danielle Boissonneau, Kaya Joan, Natalie King, Nicole Neidhardt, Celeste Pedri-Spade, and Chyler Sewell access love, memory and knowledge from ancestor relatives unbound by material form and linear notions of space and time. Navigating between worlds and constellations, the artists activate the dreams of ancestors, contemporary kin, and future relatives in a present temporality.

A Catalogue of Born Celestial is available to download HERE.

Exhibition documentation by Grant Alan Holt

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