Quill Christie-Peters, Raven Davis, Camille Larivée, Camille Usher and Clayton Windatt
PLANNING LINES: Working on-site at the Fair Alternative Art Sudbury (FAAS) part 6, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective extended staff is conducting “Planning Lines”, a collaborative performance art piece taking shape as an administrative arts and professional development intensive. ACC-CCA Staff members Quill Christie-Peters, Raven Davis, Camille Larivée, Camille Usher and Clayton Windatt will be working together on-site to challenge, engage and activate the FAAS6 concept of “Territory” through people and place. Working within the “abandoned” Saint Louis de Gonzague school, ACC-CCA explores the inter-relationships of administrative arts workers while planning out organizational actions for many future years. This planning mixes with artistic creation processes resulting in a hybrid manifestation of art activation and administrative chaos. “Planning Lines” is an exercise in collaborative learning, sharing and public engagement while providing a functional work retreat for the extended ACC-CCA staff.
Raven Davis is an Indigenous, multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker and community educator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. A parent of 3 sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.
Camille Larivée is an art community organizer who completed a Bachelor in Art History and a certificate in Gender Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2016. Camille has a vested interest and experience in Indigenous art organizing, practices, and politics in Tiohtiá’ke. She collaborated with the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK and the Cabot Square Project, and she was previously worked as the Media Arts Project Coordinator at the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and with the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC). Based on her own identity, Camille is interested in the duality between the presence and invisibility of mixed Indigenous and Queer artists in the urban space. Her specific experience led her to found Unceded Voices: Street Artists Convergence in 2014, a biennial convergence of primarily Indigenous-identified women, 2Spirit, Queer and Women of Color street artists and muralists from all over Turtle Island.
Quill Christie-Peters is an Anishinaabekwe arts programmer and self-taught visual artist currently residing in Thunder Bay. Her passion involves creating artistic programming for emerging Indigenous artists that foregrounds Indigenous methodologies, protocols and relational knowledge exchange. Quill holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance with a focus on Anishinaabe art-making as a practice of falling in love with the self, body, homeland and ancestors. She is the creator of the Indigenous Youth Residency program, a land-based artist residency for emerging artists that has run out of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. During this intensive residency program, artists explore Anishinaabe arts methodologies while critically interrogating the structures of settler colonialism that impact our bodies, art, lives and homelands as Indigenous creators. Quill sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts and is committed to creating sovereign space for Indigenous peoples to dream up our beautiful futures within. In her free time she can be found beading, writing, painting and strategizing.
Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Skwxwú7mesh / Hul’q’umi’num / Sahtu Dene/Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, BC which is of the Pune’laxutth’ (Penelakut) Nation. She completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University where she worked to show the impact the performing arts have in building confidence and leadership amongst Indigenous youth by learning to talk/embody discussions about safer sexual practices. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University and has been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS award for her research-creation work around urban Indigenous experiences within Indigenous arts collectives and other groups activating public spaces through gestures both little and big. Her artistic and curatorial practices are predominantly looking through acts of deep, loving convergences with colleague Asinnajaq.
Clayton Windatt is a Métis non–binary multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). In their role with ACC-CCA and through their own activism, Clayton works with arts organizations on national and global issues and social justice. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a critical writer and columnist for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.