Artist Spotlight: Thirza Cuthand
A retrospective screening: Thirza Cuthand – Cree
Curator: Ariel Smith – Nêhiyaw
The familiar razor-sharp wit and DIY diarist aesthetic abound in this selection drawn from Thirza Cuthand’s prolific video art practice. Released over the past 20 years, the featured works present Cuthand’s voice and body prominently as both subject and object while taking up with and scrutinizing themes of queer Indigenous identity, madness, kink and colonialism.
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995, she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race which have screened in festivals internationally.
Ariel Smith is an award-winning Nêhiyaw and Jewish filmmaker, video artist, curator, writer and cultural worker. She is largely self-taught, but honed many of her skills through artist-run centres and her passion for artist-run culture has become an integral part of her practice. Previously the technical director at Saw Video Media Arts Centre and Executive Director of imagineNATIVE, Ariel is currently the Artistic Director of Native Women in the Arts and is completing an MFA at York University.
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Content Warning: Mature Audience
K.M. Hunter Foundation
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