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With One Beat by Bekah Brown
September 21 - October 18
Artist in Residence Bekah Brown explores the Dish With One Spoon wampum by inviting Indigenous and settler communities alike to reflect on the sharing of space and resources in a collaboratively-created symbol of togetherness and healing: for the land and all its peoples.
My research has taken me from looking at the history of the land Toronto and The Bentway occupy to the Dish with One Spoon wampum and its relevance to our lives today. My work is focusing on our responsibility as Toronto residents to honour this agreement. I have both settler and Indigenous ancestry and so it is important for me to address how this agreement applies to all residents of this land, settlers included, regardless of how we got here. As tenants of this land, we all have a responsibility to respect this covenant and govern ourselves accordingly.
Community participation will see residents of Toronto modifying flat jingle cones to depict forms of play and recreation they enjoy that require shared land, space, resources, and knowledge. These modified jingle cones will be rolled and incorporated into a larger piece that will be available for public viewing. For the purpose of this work, the land, space, resources, and knowledge are the dish that we must peacefully share. Participation in this project will be a reminder and a commitment by participants to follow the guidelines laid about by this agreement, respecting and caring for each other and the land in a way that will allow it to thrive once again.
To read more about Bekah’s Artist Residency, visit thebentway.ca/play.
About Bekah Brown
Bekah Brown is an artist of Celtic, Mennonite, and Anishinaabe descent based in southwestern Ontario. Her practice is multidisciplinary and it includes fashion, textile, beadwork, and public art installations. It is Bekah’s ethos as an artist to collaborate and create work that reacts to what is happening in society. Through collaboration her vision expands past her personal experience, resulting in work that centres on community. She is continually learning the cultures of her ancestors, using her creative practices to connect, heal, and communicate. Through her work, she aims to use the platforms she can access to foreground issues colonialism perpetuates.
The Bentway Artist Residency is presented by RBC.